Baltimore Orioles (7-7) at Toronto Blue Jays (7-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 23, 2015, 7:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -133 / Baltimore Orioles +123 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Baltimore Orioles look to get in the win column at the Toronto Blue Jays in the final game of the series.
The Baltimore Orioles have yet to find their groove yet although the season is still young. The Orioles looked as if they might get a win at Toronto Wednesday with an early 2-0 lead before the offense and pitching stalled in a 4-2 defeat. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez appeared to be on his game early before fading with all four runs allowed on six hits and three bases on balls over five innings to fall to 1-1. The bats had their chances on five hits and eight walks with Jimmy Paredes connecting on a two run homer while Manny Machado went 2-3 with a walk. Chris Tillman toes the rubber in Thursday’s finale at the Rogers Centre. Tillman was at the top of his game in a 4-1 win at Boston with the lone run plated on six hits and a pair of BB over five frames.
The Toronto Blue Jays have high hopes of making an impact in the American League East and similar to Baltimore they have yet to get in a groove. The Blue Jays took a step in the right direction with Wednesday’s win that saw youngster Aaron Sanchez up his record to 1-2 with both runs scored on a two run homer while walking seven through 5.1 innings with three reliever finishing the job. The bats totaled nine hits and three free passes with Devon Travis and Justin Smoak supplying the offense with a pair of two run jacks. Drew Hutchison draws Thursday’s starting assignment against the rival Orioles. Hutchison did not throw the ball well in an 8-7 loss versus Atlanta with five runs given up (four earned) on seven hits and a trio of walks in 4.2 innings.
The under is 30-12 in Baltimore’s last 42 games as an underdog and 10-4 in their last 14 road games while the Orioles are 40-18 in their last 58 Thursday games. The under is 7-3 in Hutchison’s last 10 home starts while Baltimore is 18-45 in the last 63 meetings in Toronto. Going with the Orioles simply because of the odds even though they don’t play well at Toronto…