Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Orioles (58-42) at Toronto Blue Jays (57-45)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
K Gausman (2-7) (3.77) vs. M Estrada (5-4) (2.94)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -140 / Baltimore Orioles +130 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Orioles look to snap out of their road funk as they travel to the Rogers Centre for a pivotal AL East show down with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Orioles could be the most polarizing team in the bigs this season as they have been unstoppable at home but have faltered on the road and when it comes to playoff baseball they know they have to find a way to get past their block or it could be a short trip for them if they qualify. Baltimore dropped a 6-2 final to the Minnesota Twins last night and saw their lead in the AL East trimmed to just a game and a half and now head into the Rogers Centre with the Jays coming off a rest day and geared up to make a push for their second straight division crown. The Orioles will send Kevin Gausman to the mound who is 2-7 despite a decent 3.77 ERA but he faces off against all-star Marco Estrada who is 5-4 with a miniscule 2.94 ERA and has a knack for pitching the Jays to victory in big games.
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The Blue Jays meanwhile couldn’t pull off the home sweep of the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon but they did acquire one of their opponent’s best players by trading for Melvin Upton and while his place in the Toronto outfield remains to be seen he is a nice piece the team can use for their playoff run. Toronto is not done by any means though as they still plan to move all-star pitcher and potential Cy Young candidate Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen and that would require bringing in another starting arm as they can ill afford to replace Sanchez with Drew Hutchison. The Jays are favourites in this spot and will likely stay that way throughout the series as they will likely hold a pitching edge in each contest as Baltimore’s rotation has been a nightmare.
The O’s are 4-0 in their last four games against a team with a winning record, 1-4 in their last five road games, and 5-17 in Gausman’s last 22 road starts while the Jays are 14-6 in their last 20 overall, 4-0 in Estrada’s last four against the AL East, and 11-4 in their last 15 home games. Baltimore’s road woes continue here as the Jays are well rested and anticipating a massive series that could see them in first place by the end of the weekend.