AL East Rivals Fighting for Playoff Spots
It’s unbelievable how quickly the Baltimore Orioles managed to turn their season around after a slow start. Baltimore spent a lot of time in the basement of the American League East but is now a mere half-game out of the third Wild Card in the AL. The Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Orioles are all within two games and battling for three wild card sports.
Blue Jays Labor Against Orioles
On paper, most would agree that the Toronto Blue Jays have a better team than the Baltimore Orioles. Toronto has the top-ranked offense in batting average (.265) and ranks third in runs per game (4.91). While Baltimore is swinging heavy bats right now, Toronto has been knocking teams around all season.
Despite this, Toronto’s mediocre pitching staff continues to be exposed by a potent Orioles offense. Toronto is 2-4 against its AL East rivals and in danger of being swept on the road here. They are also at risk of losing hold of the first wild card spot in the AL.
There is hope, though, with Jose Berrios on the mound. So long as he can shake off his previous start. On Friday against the Twins, Berrios was rocked for five runs off six hits in 3.2 innings. He managed a single strikeout while walking two batters and surrendering two home runs.
These struggles are not exactly a new problem for Berrios, but Friday’s game was a big step in the wrong direction.
The good news is that Berrios has a great history against the current Orioles lineup. In 64 career at-bats, Baltimore has a .161 batting average and 20 strikeouts against Berrios. But, will he be able to bounce back after last week’s disaster?
Orioles’ Train Keeps Rolling
The Baltimore Orioles continue to climb the AL East standings with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. They are now within striking distance of the first wild card spot in the AL despite sitting in fourth place. Just 2.5 games separate the Top five teams in the AL Wild Card hunt, and Baltimore is a surprise member of that group.
Tuesday’s win was impressive and saw Baltimore mount a late comeback to beat Toronto 6-5. The Orioles trailed 5-3 after the sixth inning, but Rougned Odor smacked a two-run bomb in the eighth inning to secure the win for Baltimore. The Orioles have a chance to cap off a sweep this afternoon, but there is a slight issue.
The issue is their starting pitcher, Dean Kremer. The righty’s season numbers are solid, with a 3.43 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 57.2 innings. But those figures don’t tell the whole story. Kremer’s season has been very Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde since making his debut in June. Kremer was fantastic in his first five games with a 1.29 ERA and a single home run allowed.
But, since the start of July, things have not been great for Kremer. His ERA in July was 6.94, and he logged just one win in five starts. Kremer shut out the Pirates over 6.1 innings on Friday, but Pittsburgh has a garbage lineup. The game before, Kremer allowed six runs to the lowly Cincinnati Reds in 4.1 innings.
Blue Jays vs Orioles Head-to-Head
The Orioles hold a 4-2 lead in the season series. Baltimore closed as underdogs in all six games. Baltimore has a 5-1 record against the spread in those six games.
Blue Jays vs Orioles Game Information
- Game: Blue Jays (58-52) vs Orioles (60-50)
- Location: Camden Yards, Baltimore, Md.
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Blue Jays vs Orioles Live Stream: MLB.tv
Blue Jays vs Orioles Betting Lines
|Toronto Blue Jays
J. Berrios -R
|8½ -130o||4½ -125o / 4½ -105u|
D. Kremer -R
|+1½ -130||+130||8½ +110u||3½ -135o / 3½ +105u|
Blue Jays vs Orioles Prediction
The Orioles continue to play better than anyone expected after an abysmal start. Their offense has been outstanding during this hot streak and continues to beat up on an exceptional Blue Jays team. With Berrios’ recent struggles, the Orioles are a solid bet to move to 6-1 ATS against the Blue Jays in 2022.