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#2915 Toronto Blue Jays vs.
#2916 Baltimore Orioles
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 7:05pm EDT
Written by Chris King

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It’s the continuation of a series between AL East foes on the diamond down in Charm City. The Toronto Blue Jays are on the road as they play the second game of a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night. Toronto entered the series coming off a 3-2, 10-inning win over Minnesota on the road Sunday afternoon to split a four-game series. Baltimore missed a chance at a sweep of Pittsburgh as they were routed 8-1 in the finale of the series Sunday afternoon at home.

This article was published prior to the conclusion of the opening game of the set at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday night.

Toronto Blue Jays Battling for Playoff Position

Toronto bounced back from two straight losses as they dropped Minnesota in extra innings Sunday afternoon to earn a split of the four-game set. The Blue Jays entered Monday second in the AL East, 9.5 games behind the Yankees for the division lead. They owned the top wild card spot in the American League and were four games clear of the Guardians and Orioles to remain on the right side of the playoff cut line. On Sunday, Toronto got two hits each from Lourdes Guerriel Jr. (RBI) and Teoscar Hernandez (run) to pace a 10-hit attack. Kevin Gausman threw six scoreless frames, allowing six hits with no walks and five strikeouts, but didn’t factor in the decision. Jordan Romano (4-3) blew the save but earned the win after allowing one run on two hits with no walks against one strikeout in two innings of relief.

Alek Manoah is on the mound for the Blue Jays as he makes his 22nd start of the season in this contest. He comes in 12-5 with a 2.45 ERA, a 0.992 WHIP, 30 walks and 119 strikeouts over 132 innings of action. Manoah earned the win in his last start, which came Thursday on the road against the Twins. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts in a game the Blue Jays won handily, 9-3. In his last three starts, Manoah is 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, five walks and 16 strikeouts over 17.1 innings of work. Manoah makes his fifth career start against the Orioles in this contest. He is 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA, a 0.672 WHIP, five walks and 29 strikeouts over 22.1 innings of work against them. In his lone start at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which came on June 19, 2021, he didn’t factor in the decision. Manoah threw 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on four hits, all homers, with one walk and six strikeouts in a 10-7  Blue Jays triumph.

Baltimore Orioles Looking to Gain Ground in AL Playoff Chase

Baltimore missed a chance to sweep the Pirates at home as they were routed Sunday, snapping their five-game win streak. The Orioles entered Monday night fourth in the AL East, 13.5 games behind the Yankees for the division lead. They were two games back of the Mariners and Rays, who were tied for the final two wild card spots. In Sunday’s game, Baltimore got two of their four hits from Jorge Mateo (run, RBI), which wasn’t nearly enough in the contest. Mateo hit his 11th homer of the season to account for the lone Orioles’ run. Spenser Watkins (4-2) took the loss as he allowed four runs on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts over 5.1 innings of work.

Kyle Bradish is slated to take the mound and make his 13th start of the season for the Orioles in this contest. He comes in 1-4 with a 6.55 ERA, a 1.651 WHIP, 21 walks and 58 strikeouts over 56.1 innings of action this season. Bradish didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came on the road against the Rangers Wednesday night. He threw five innings, allowing one run on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in a game the Orioles went on to win 6-3. In his last three starts, Bradish has no record with a 5.65 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP, four walks and 15 strikeouts over 14.1 innings of work. Bradish was roughed up in his lone career start against the Blue Jays, which came on the road back on June 13. He threw 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts in an 11-1 Orioles defeat. Bradish is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA, a 1.83 WHIP, 16 walks and 30 strikeouts over 33.1 innings in seven career starts at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Baltimore has easily outperformed their expectations from before the season began and find themselves only two games outside the playoff picture despite dealing away Trey Mancini and Jorge Lopez at the trade deadline. With that said, the Orioles are trotting out a struggling rookie pitcher on the mound in this contest. Bradish was roughed up in his only start against the Blue Jays and has his work cut out for himself in this one, especially facing Manoah. After a rough stretch, Manoah has won three of his last four starts coming into this contest. Toronto has an explosive lineup and is more than capable of putting crooked numbers up at a moment’s notice. Give the Blue Jays the upper hand in this contest as they take the contest.

Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 (-105)

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Toronto has seen the over hit in 56 of their 108 games this season, with one push, entering Monday’s action. The Blue Jays are 3rd in runs per game with 4.81 runs per contest, though that number climbs slightly to 4.91 runs per game on the road this season. That is 4th in the majors when it comes to run production on the road. Toronto’s average total this season is 9.03 runs per game and that number slips to 8.95 runs per game on the road. Baltimore has seen the under post a 53-49-6 mark on the season entering Monday’s action. The Orioles are 20th with an average of 4.20 runs per game. That number slips slightly at an average of 4.19 runs per game at home on the season. Baltimore sees an average total of 8.37 runs per game this year, a number that slumps to 7.96 runs a game at home. The Orioles have done a decent job keeping opposing teams in check but the fact remains that the Blue Jays are a dangerous offensive team. With Bradish struggling, this game winds up over the total.

Prediction: Over 8.5
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Written By Chris King , "Chris King"

Chris King has been immersed in the world of professional and collegiate sports for more than three decades. Whether it's playing pickup games or being involved in organized sports to being a fan, he's checked all the boxes. From the NFL to arena football, the NHL to the KHL, the NBA to the WNBA to college hoops, and even MLB to the KBO.  If it's out there, he's covered it and bet on it as well, as Chris has been an expert bettor in his career.  Before joining Winners and Whiners back in 2015, his work appeared around the internet and in print. He's written books for Ruckus Books about college basketball, the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, golf, and the World Cup. If you're looking for the inside track on hitting a winner, do yourself a favor and read what Chris has to say.