Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Baltimore Orioles (95-65) at Toronto Blue Jays (82-78)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Rogers Centre)
Wei-Yin Chen (L) (16-5) (3.557) vs. JA Happ (L) (10-11) (4.234)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays / Baltimore Orioles --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, SNET
The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays play Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre.
The Baltimore Orioles are waiting for the playoffs to begin, as they’ve lost five of their last eight games. Before the postseason arrives, the Orioles look to improve their pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in six of their last eight games. Overall, the Baltimore Orioles have an ERA of 3.45, which is eighth in the majors, and they’ve split their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Nick Markakis has hit in six of his last nine games and Adam Jones has four RBIs in his last two games. Starting is Wei-Yin Chen, who is 16-5 with a 3.56 ERA and has 133 strikeouts in 179.1 innings. Chen is 1-2 with a 6.32 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays.
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The Toronto Blue Jays are trying to finish the season on a positive note by winning five of their last seven games. The Blue Jays have produced four or more runs in five of their last seven games and have won eight of their last 10 games when that’s the case. Edwin Encarnacion has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Jose Reyes has a hit in eight of his last 10 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.05, which is 24th in the majors. J.A. Happ gets the ball, and he’s 10-11 with a 4.27 ERA and has 129 strikeouts in 151.2 innings. Happ is 1-3 with a 2.95 ERA in seven career games against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 20-8 in their last 28 during game 2 of a series and 10-4 in Chens last 14 starts overall. The Blue Jays are 14-6 in their last 20 during game 2 of a series and 2-8 in Happs last 10 starts overall. The Blue Jays are 1-4 in Happs last 5 starts vs. Orioles.
There's no line on this game just yet, but I look for the Orioles to get back on track and build a little bit of confidence heading into the postseason. Chen has been great all season and should lead the O's to victory.