Baltimore Orioles (23-33) at Toronto Blue Jays (29-27)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 25, 2020 at 6:37 pm (Sahlen Field)
Taijuan Walker (4-3) (2.86) vs. Jorge Lopez (2-1) (5.11)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -178 / Baltimore Orioles +163 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays meet Friday in MLB action from Sahlen Field.
This will be the first matchup in a three-game weekend set between the Orioles and Blue Jays. Baltimore is coming off a set with the Red Sox. The O’s lost the first two games in that set, then on Thursday Baltimore avoided getting swept with a dominant 13-1 victory. As for the Blue Jays, they just played the Yankees this week, winning two of their first three games. In the finale on Thursday, Toronto kept their nice run going with a 4-1 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Orioles’ offense was working overtime in the Thursday win over Boston, collecting 13 runs and 18 hits on the evening. Four different Baltimore players posted three hits in that one (Hays, Valaika, Ruiz and Urias), combining for 11 runs and six RBI between them. Starting pitcher Alex Cobb had 7.0 innings with six hits, one earned, two walks and four strikeouts there.
In the Friday starting pitcher role, the Orioles will be going with Jorge Lopez on the mound. In his 37.0 innings this season, Lopez is 2-1 with a 5.11 ERA and 27 strikeouts with 11 walks. In his last appearance on September 9, Lopez posted 6.0 innings with three earned in a loss.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they didn’t have much trouble containing the Yankees in the win Thursday, shutting down every key opportunity and out-hitting the Bombers 10-7. Vladimir Guerrero led the offense with three hits, a homer and two runs there, and starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu posted 7.0 innings with five hits, no earned, two walks and four strikeouts.
For Friday’s starting pitcher, the Blue Jays are sending out Taijuan Walker. In his 50.1 innings of work this season, Walker is 4-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 46 Ks with 19 walks. In his last start on September 15, Walker went 1.2 innings with six hits, one earned and two strikeouts for a loss.
The Orioles are 129-275 in the last 404 overall and 42-90 in the last 132 games following a win. Baltimore is 58-131 in the last 189 as a road underdog and 28-66 in their last 94 versus the American League East.
Meanwhile, the Jays are 4-1 in their last five overall and 5-2 in their last seven home games. Toronto is 6-2 in the last eight as a home favorite and 3-7 in their last 10 games versus a right-handed starter.
Pick: I think I’m going to stick with the Blue Jays here. Toronto showed some nice bounce-back versus the Yankees this week, and a nice surge this weekend will really help the team as the playoffs draw closer. Walker has been pretty solid for most of the year, and frankly Baltimore doesn’t have a bevy of big hitters who will give him a ton of trouble. I like Toronto to keep it rolling here and post a big win.