MLB Picks: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles

The Toronto Blue Jays (44-47) and Baltimore Orioles (51-42) will open up a three-game American League East series Friday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles

The Toronto Blue Jays are 6-9 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 6-9 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 this season

Toronto has alternated wins and losses over its last seven games, as it looks to bounce back from a 4-2 setback to the Cleveland Indians as -119 road favorites Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total of 8.5.  The Blue Jays had a goal of reaching .500 before the All-Star break, which means they’ll have to sweep this series before the MLB All-Star break.  “We have to start winning some games,” commented Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.  Toronto is 6-9 as a road underdog of +125 to +150 this season, with the OVER going 9-5-1 in that situation.

Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (5-5, 4.50 ERA) earned a 4-0 home win over the Minnesota Twins last time out, as he allowed six hits over seven shutout innings, while not issuing a walk and striking out five batters.  The left-hander is 1-4 with a 5.81 ERA in nine road games, with opposing hitters batting .296 against him.  In 18 career games (16 starts) versus the Orioles, Buehrle has tallied a 7-5 record and 2.83 ERA.

Baltimore has won back-to-back games, including a 3-1 home victory over the Texas Rangers Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total in each of those contests.  Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has gotten back on track, as he’s eclipsed his career-high in home runs and RBIs before the Midsummer Classic.  He’s currently on pace for 104 extra-base hits, which would smash the team record of 92.  Baltimore is 14-14 versus left-handed starters this season, with the UNDER going 14-11-3 in that situation.

Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman (10-3, 3.92 ERA) had his personal seven-game winning streak snapped last time out, as he allowed five runs and 10 hits over 5.1 innings of work.  The right-hander is 4-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 10 home outings, but he’s surrendered 14 home runs in 58 combined frames.  In seven career games versus the Blue Jays, Tillman has compiled a 2-2 record and 4.07 ERA, including a 10-6 road victory on May 24.

Sports bettors will likely back the Blue Jays due to their 8-1 record in Buehrle’s last nine starts with a betting total of 9 to 10.5.

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