The Baltimore Orioles will host the Toronto Blue Jays as the AL East foes conclude a three-game set Thursday afternoon from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Blue Jays will give the nod to 24-year old left-hander Anthony Kay, and the Orioles will hand the ball to 26-year old right-hander Gabriel Ynoa. The Blue Jays lead the season series 8-7.
Anthony Kay Seeks First Career MLB Win
Anthony Kay will make his third start of the season, eying his first career Major League victory. Kay was roughed up in his previous start, serving up five runs in 4.1 innings against the Yankees, leading to his first career defeat. The rookie right-hander was sharp in his debut as he held the Rays to only two runs in five innings. Kay was acquired in the Marcus Stroman trade from the Mets. He posted a terrific 2.96 ERA in the minors this season.
Look for Randal Grichuk as he features a sizzling .371 paired with eight RBI’s against the Orioles this season. The 28-year old centerfielder registered a career-high 72 RBI’s along with 29 home runs on the season. Grichuk is red-hot right now, accumulating 10 RBI’s along with four homers in his last eight games.
A career-high 4 hits.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 18, 2019
Toronto is a team in transition and there is plenty of positives to take from their season. Their young core led by Vladdy Guerrero Jr. along with Cavan Baggio and Bo Bichette should all continue to develop nicely.
The Blue Jays are scoring an average of 4.41 runs on the year, ranking them 23rd overall. The Toronto pitching staff holds a subpar 4.74 team ERA, pegging them down at 21st in the big leagues. The Blue Jays are 29-47 on the road.
Ynoa Remains at 1-8 on the Season
Gabriel Ynoa will be on the hill for the 35th time of the season in this one. Ynoa was solid in his latest effort, holding the Tigers to two runs across four innings in a game the O’s lost by an 8-4 score. The young right-hander is pitching better recently, although he still holds a poor 5.74 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP accompanied with a 1-8 record in 100.1 innings of action. Ynoa has squandered four runs with an 0-1 record in eight innings against Toronto this season.
Trey Mancini has done more damage against the Blue Jays than any other team this season, accumulating 19 RBI’s along with six home runs in 54 at-bats. The 27-year old right fielder is playing well, driving in 11 runs in his last five games, and he is now hitting .280 with 34 big flys and 88 RBI’s.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) September 18, 2019
The Orioles split their four-game series in Detroit this past weekend which means the Orioles will finish in second last in the Majors and choose second overall in the draft. Baltimore does have some promising hitters, but they definitely need to revamp their pitching core.
The Orioles offense hasn’t been the big issue, and they are now averaging 4.38 runs per game, ranking them 24th overall. The Baltimore pitching staff owns a Major League worst 5.70 team ERA. The O’s are 23-53 at home.
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games against a right-handed starter.
- 5-2 in their last 7 games in Baltimore.
- 9-3 in their last 12 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
The Baltimore Orioles are:
- 24-56 in their last 80 home games.
- 2-6 in their last 8 games against a starter with a WHIP above 1.30
- 14-38 in their last 52 games against the AL East.