Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles - 8/31/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles - 8/31/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles (14-19) at Toronto Blue Jays (18-14)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 31, 2020 at 2:07 pm (Sahlen Field)

Keegan Akin (0-0) (8.10) vs. Chase Anderson (0-0) (3.68)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -175 / Baltimore Orioles +165 --- Over/Under: 10.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in an AL East division matchup from Sahlen Field on Monday.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to bounce back after a 6-5 loss to Toronto in Sunday’s matchup. Ryan Mountcastle went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs while Pedro Severino and Jose Iglesias each had two hits with an RBI to finish off Baltimore’s scoring as a team in the loss. Renato Nunez went 2 for 4 with a double and Mason Williams added a triple while Rio Ruiz and Hanser Alberto each had a base hit to finish off Baltimore’s offense as a team in the defeat. Jorge Lopez gave up three runs on three hits while striking out three over 4.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Cole Sulser took the loss, falling to 1-4 in relief this season. Keegan Akin will start here and is 0-0 with an 8.10 ERA and one strikeout this season. This will be Akin’s first career start against Toronto.

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The Toronto Blue Jays will try to keep their winning ways over Baltimore going after their win on Sunday. Teoscar Hernandez went 2 for 5 with two RBIs while Randal Grichuk had a double and an RBI. Rowdy Tellez, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio each had an RBI to cap off Toronto’s scoring as a team in the win while Travis Shaw added a double of his own to finish Toronto’s offense as a whole in the victory. Tanner Roark allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out five over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Anthony Bass got the win in relief to improve to 2-1 on the year as a result. Chase Anderson will start here and is 0-0 with a 3.68 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Anderson’s first career start against Baltimore.

Baltimore is 119-261 in their last 380 games overall and 8-30 in their last 38 Monday games while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games as an underdog. Toronto is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 8-2 in their last 10 games following a win while the over is 3-0-2 in their last 5 games against a left-handed starter. Baltimore is 16-35 in the last 51 meetings between these two teams and the over is 7-3-3 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.

One would have to think that Baltimore gets one against the Jays, and Akin’s had the stuff in the minors, averaging almost 10 strikeouts per 9 innings in 40 minor league appearances. However, Sahlen Field has been the undoing of better men than Akin and Toronto just keeps rolling along against the O’s no matter who takes the mound. I just think Toronto’s playing too well to go against right now, so give me the Blue Jays here.

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