Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 4/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (8-7) at Baltimore Orioles (8-4)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
M Estrada (1-1) (2.77) vs. C Tillman (1-1) (5.11)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +102 / Toronto Blue Jays -112 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, RSN1
In MLB action on Thursday evening, we’re getting another matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles from Oriole Park.
This will be the third meeting this week between these two teams. In Tuesday’s game one, the Blue Jays squeaked out a 4-3 victory. Wednesday’s game went 10 innings, but the Orioles were able to turn the tables and even the series with a 4-3 victory on the other side.
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For Thursday’s finale, the Blue Jays will be wheeling out right-hander Marco Estrada to the mound. In his first start, Estrada was great, but he took a step back on Saturday against the Red Sox, giving up eight hits in a loss. Overall, that gives Estrada a 2.77 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 1-1 record across 13 innings.
The Blue Jays lineup is one of the most formidable in the league. Edwin Encarnacion has posted 20 hits with 11 RBI, while Josh Donaldson has plated 15 runs with 18 hits and 14 RBI. Donaldson bagged a solo homer on Wednesday for his only hit of the game. As for Jose Bautista, he’s got 11 RBI with 11 runs and 16 hits.
Baltimore will be trotting out right-hander Chris Tillman for Thursday’s game. We’ve seen Tillman in three starts so far, and he’s accumulated a 5.11 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP over 12.1 innings. Tillman had a good start in his last appearance, but imploded in a five-run sixth inning last Thursday against the Rangers.
The hot-hitting Orioles lineup can also score runs in bunches. Manny Machado has been on fire thus far, with 22 hits, 14 runs and five homers. Mark Trumbo isn’t far behind with 19 hits, 11 runs and 11 RBI. Chris Davis has five homers, 11 RBI and 13 runs but also an ugly .213 BA. Davis went 1-for-3 in Wednesday’s game.
The Blue Jays are 27-11 in their last 38 game threes of a series, and 40- in Estrada’s last four game three starts. As for Baltimore, they’re 4-1 in their last five Thursday games, and 10-1 in Tillman’s last 11 starts with six days of rest.
This matchup is very tough to call, but I like Estrada and the Blue Jays just a little bit more here. Regardless, it should be a great game to watch.