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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles - 4/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays
Date & Time Wednesday April 3, 2019, 4:07 PM (EDT)
Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
Toronto Blue Jays -161 / Baltimore Orioles +140
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in the finale of their three game AL East division set in MLB action from Rogers Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the series after a 2-1 win in game two on Tuesday. Jonathan Villar went 2 for 4 with a triple, a double and an RBI while Trey Mancini added an RBI of his own as well. Joey Rickard added a pair of doubles and Hanser Alberto went 2 for 4 while Dwight Smith Jr., Rio Ruiz and Jesus Sucre each chipped in a base hit to round out the scoring for the O’s in the win. Andrew Cashner got the win after tossing six shutout innings, allowing four hits while walking and striking out three apiece. Miguel Castro closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the season. Nate Karns will start the finale and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 1 strikeout this season. In his career, Karns is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to rebound and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Tuesday. Rowdy Tellez homered in the bottom of the 9th for Toronto’s lone run, while Justin Smoak went 2 for 4 at the dish. Brandon Drury, Freddy Galvis and Richard Urena each had a base hit to round out the offense for Toronto in the loss. Marcus Stroman went 5.2 innings, allowing both Baltimore runs on nine hits while striking out five to take the loss, falling to 0-1 this season. Matt Shoemaker will start game three and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. In his career, Shoemaker is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 33 strikeouts against Baltimore.

Baltimore is 10-51 in their last 61 road games against a right-handed starter and 17-42 in their last 59 division games while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 road games. Toronto is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 division games while the under is 9-1 in their last 10 home games. Baltimore is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams but just 32-71 in the last 103 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.

The Orioles and the plus money is worth a serious look, given how the Orioles have beaten up on the Blue Jays in the first two games of the set and how well Karns has pitched against Toronto in a small sample size. However, Shoemaker looked strong in his first outing in a Toronto uniform, and it’s only a matter of time before the Blue Jays’ bats wake up in a big way. I think Toronto rebounds here to avoid the sweep, so I’ll lay the juice with Toronto in this spot.

Toronto Blue Jays -161

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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