Baltimore Orioles (28-71) at Toronto Blue Jays (45-52)
|Date & Time||Sunday July 22, 2018, 1:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -200 / Baltimore Orioles +179 --- Over/Under: 9
The Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in the finale of their three game AL East set from Rogers Centre in MLB action on Sunday.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to salvage a victory and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the set following a 4-1 loss in game two on Saturday. Adam Jones went 2 for 4 with a double, accounting for the lone Baltimore run in the game. Tim Beckham matched that 2 for 4 output, while Jonathan School added a base knock as well as Baltimore cranked out just five hits as a team in the loss. Alex Cobb took yet another loss, falling to 2-13 this season after allowing all four runs, one earned, on four hits while walking three and striking out four over five innings of work. Andrew Cashner will start game three and is 2-9 with a 4.56 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cashner is 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 18 strikeouts against Toronto.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to complete the sweep after taking game two on Saturday. Randal Grichuk and Luke Maile each had an RBI with Maile going 2 for 4 at the dish while Grichuk added a double. Teoscar Hernandez added a two-bagger and Aledmys Diaz went 2 for 3 to cap off Toronto’s offense in the victory. Marcus Stroman got the win to improve to 3-7 this season after allowing the one run on five hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. J.A. Happ will start game three and is 10-6 with a 4.29 ERA and 121 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 6-6 with a 3.09 ERA and 97 strikeouts against Baltimore.
Baltimore is 1-4 in Cashner’s last 5 division starts and 3-13 in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a left-handed starter. Toronto is 7-3 in Happ’s last 10 home starts and 14-6 in their last 20 home games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 Sunday games. Baltimore is 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
You could make a case for fading Happ, as he has allowed five runs in each of his last three starts. However, there’s simply no backing Baltimore, as this is easily one of the worst teams in the league and one of the if not the worst season that the franchise has ever had. Toronto has a more potent offense and has their best starter going in Happ so I’ll back Toronto on the runline here.