Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick-Odds-Prediction 4/11/14
Toronto Blue Jays (5-4) at Baltimore Orioles (4-5)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Dustin McGowan (R) (0-1) (13.483) vs. Bud Norris (R) (0-1) (9.000)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -135 / Toronto Blue Jays +125 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET; MASN2
The Toronto Blue Jays head to Baltimore to play the Orioles on Friday night.
Toronto dropped to 5-5 on the year after losing to Houston 6-4 last night. Toronto won two of three against Houston this week. The Blue Jays split a four-game series with Tampa to start the year and then lost two of three against the Yankees last weekend. Toronto is hitting only .222 as a team so far this season, while they have scored 34 runs as a ball club. Melky Cabrera leads the Blue Jays with 4 homeruns and is hitting .325 at the beginning of the season. Jose Bautista is batting .250 with 4 homeruns and 6 RBI’s so far this year. Dustin McGowan will be on the mound for Toronto in this one. McGowan struggled against the Yankees at home in his first start of the year. McGowan pitched only 2.2 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits, but he did strike out three batters. New York went on to win that game 7-3. The Blue Jays are 2-2 on the road so far this season.
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The Baltimore Orioles improved to 4-5 with a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. The Orioles took the three-game series 2-1 after losing their first two series of the season against Boston and Detroit. The Orioles bats came alive in New York and they hope to continue that trend back in Baltimore on Friday. Baltimore is hitting .274 as a team and they have scored 41 runs this season. Matt Wieters leads the Orioles, batting .367 with 2 homeruns and 6 RBI’s. Chris Davis is batting .303 with 6 RBI’s and 7 runs. Bud Norris will take the mound for Baltimore after losing his first game of the season at Detroit. Norris completed 5 innings of work while giving up 5 runs on 8 hits with only 2 strikeouts and no walks. Norris had his pitch count up to 103 through 5 innings, which is something he would like to improve moving forward. The Orioles lost two of three in their home opening series against the defending champs, Boston Red Sox, last week.
I believe Baltimore has the better lineup and the better pitcher on the mound in this one. The Orioles, after a day off on Thursday, will be happy to be home and will earn the win on Friday night.