Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 6/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (37-31) at Baltimore Orioles (37-26)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
A Sanchez (6-1) (3.37) vs. M Wright (3-3) (5.31)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +114 / Toronto Blue Jays -124 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays continue their lengthy road trip with a pivotal weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
The Blue Jays head into Camden Yards after taking three of four games against the hapless Philadelphia Phillies in convincing fashion and now the two sides renew AL East hostilities over the course of the weekend in a massive series for both teams. The Jays head into tonight’s game with a 6-4 record in their last 10 contests and are 19-15 on the road heading in and they will throw Aaron Sanchez to the bump who has been excellent this season and will be out to prove he still deserves to stay in the starting rotation with rumors of his departure to the bullpen surfacing this week. Toronto will look to tee off on Mike Wright who is 3-3 with a 5.31 ERA this season and while they may be without Jose Bautista for this one due to a toe injury the Jays still have plenty of offense to work with.
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The Orioles meanwhile are coming off a very successful series on the road against the Boston Red Sox and have asserted themselves as the team to beat in the AL East right now as they took three of four and come home with a ton of momentum. Baltimore can mash with the best of them and have guys like Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, and Mark Trumbo who can send the ball out of the park with one cut which makes them incredibly dangerous. However, the mold has been set by the Blue Jays and with the O’s and Red Sox following suit it could call for some very high scoring affairs to finish out the season and make this pennant race incredibly exciting to watch.
The Jays are 7-0 in their last seven Friday games, 5-0 in Sanchez’ last five starts against the AL East, and 12-3 in their last 15 against the division while the O’s are 5-0 in their last five home games against a team with a winning record, 5-1 in their last six Friday games, and 1-4 in their last five against the AL East. Toronto is red hot right now and while Bautista is likely out for the night I think they get enough behind an inspired effort from Sanchez who will look to prove his worth in the starting rotation.