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Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
Date & Time Thursday August 1, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Camden Yards
Baltimore, MD
The Line
Baltimore Orioles / Toronto Blue Jays -- O/U:
TV Channel
RSN, MASN
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In his The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles meet in game one of a four game AL East division set in MLB action from Camden Yards on Thursday.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to keep their momentum going after completing the sweep of the Kansas City Royals following a 4-1 win in Wednesday’s series finale. Bo Bichette and Freddy Galvis each had a solo home run while Bichette went 3 for 5 with a double as well. Teoscar Hernandez and Justin Smoak each had an RBI as well with Hernandez adding a double to cap off Toronto’s scoring as a team in the win. Cavan Biggio had a double while Brandon Drury and Reese McGuire each chipped in a base hit as well in the winning effort for the Jays. Jacob Waguespack gave up one run on three hits over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tim Mayza picked up the win in relief to improve to 2-1 on the year while Justin Shafer picked up his 1st save of the season. Trent Thornton will start game one and is 3-7 with a 5.45 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. In his career, Thornton is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA against Baltimore.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to build some momentum after salvaging a win in their series against San Diego, avoiding the sweep with an 8-5 victory last time out. Trey Mancini, Renato Nunez and Richie Martin each had two RBIs with Mancini going 2 for 4 with a double Chris Davis had a solo home run and Jace Peterson went 2 for 5 with an RBI of his own in the victory. Anthony Santander chipped in a pair of doubles while Jonathan Villar, Pedro Severino and Hanser Alberto each had hits as well in the winning effort. Tom Eshelman gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out five over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Miguel Castro got the win to improve to 1-1 on the year while Shawn Armstrong closed out the 8th and 9th innings for his 3rd save of the season. Asher Wojciechowski will start game one and is 2-3 with a 3.60 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wojciechowski is 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Toronto.

Toronto is 2-5 in Thornton’s last 7 road starts and 18-39 in their last 57 games following a win while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 series opening matchups. Baltimore is 30-71 in their last 101 division games and 87-205 in their last 292 games overall while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 series opening matchups. The under is 39-15-1 in the last 55 meetings between these two teams.

Toronto has found some success recently with the recent insertion of all the youth into their lineup, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Blue Jays picked up another victory seeing as Thornton is a better pitcher on the road than at home as well as having already thrown six shutout innings against Baltimore just a few weeks ago. However, while Baltimore isn’t a team I try to back on a regular basis, Wojciechowski is starting to figure things out, giving up just two runs over his last two starts spanning 14.2 innings and the Orioles have actually had some solid performances over the last week. Thornton has allowed four or more runs in four of his last five starts, failing to make it out of the 4th inning in all four of those starts. If you take out the six shutout innings against Baltimore, Thornton has a 19.16 ERA since the end of June. I like Toronto more than Baltimore, but if the Orioles are going to take a game, I think it’s this one so while I wouldn’t bet this game, if forced to pick, I’d side with Baltimore at home.

Pick:
Baltimore Orioles

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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