Teams Separated by 1½ Games
The Baltimore Orioles currently find themselves just 1½ games back of the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. Toronto is tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for second place in the division.
The New York Yankees are 10 games ahead of the rest of the pack, but second place – and wild card spots – are still very much up for grabs.
The Orioles are coming off of a 7-3 win over the Blue Jays on Monday but find themselves as a big underdog on the MLB betting odds on Tuesday. Which squad is the best option if you bet online?
The Baltimore Orioles just took a convincing win over Toronto and is aiming for more as they charge up the standings. They are 14-8 in their last 22.
They’re seeing the ball well right now as they’re batting .275 as a team over the last 10 days. Cedric Mullins is among the guys leading the way as he’s batting .388 over the last week with a home run.
Baltimore will be rolling out Dean Kremer on the mound on Tuesday. Kremer is 4-4 with an effective 3.69 ERA.
While the ERA looks good, keep in mind that he’s in a bit of a funk. The team has lost three of his last four starts. During that time, he’s pitched 21.2 innings and has allowed 14 runs.
Blue Jays Slumping
The Toronto Blue Jays don’t want to slip again and Baltimore is closing the gap in the division. Alek Manoah will be starting and that’s why they’re big chalk in the sportsbook.
Manoah has been great for Toronto with a 12-5 record and the eighth-best ERA in the league at 2.56.
The last time that we saw the All-Star on the mound was against these very same Orioles. Manoah was out there for five innings and allowed three runs during that span as the Blue Jays went on to lose that game 6-5.
He’s faded a bit of late, which you have to keep in mind if you’re making your MLB picks here. He’s allowed nine earned runs over his last three starts; he had allowed four earned runs in his previous four outings.
Orioles vs Blue Jays Head-to-Head
The Orioles have beaten the Blue Jays in five of seven matchups this year. On top of that, they’ve won the last four games.
Orioles vs Blue Jays Game Information
- Game: Orioles (60-55) vs Blue Jays (61-53)
- Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7:07 p.m. ET
- Live stream: MLB.tv
Orioles vs Blue Jays Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
D. Kremer -R
|Toronto Blue Jays
A. Manoah -R
Orioles vs Blue Jays Prediction
Baltimore could be a convincing pick in this game after winning four straight matchups against the Blue Jays. On paper, pitching might be the area that decides the night.
The challenge here is that Manoah is struggling a little bit – at least by his standards – and the Jays’ bats have gone cool. They’re hitting just .254 over their last 10. Even Vlad Guerrero Jr., who bats .284 on the season, is at .272 over the last week.
It feels like the Orioles are worth a shot as a big dog here.