Toronto Blue Jays (59-48) vs. Baltimore Orioles (56-51)
August 8, 2022 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +134 / Toronto Blue Jays -145; Over/Under: +8
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles meet Monday in MLB action from Oriole Park. The Blue Jays are coming off a series versus the Twins. After losses in two of the first three, on Sunday Toronto eked out a one-run victory. As for Baltimore, they just finished up against the Pirates. The O’s won the first two games, then in the finale Baltimore lost by seven. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Toronto took a big 9-3 win over the Twins on Thursday in the opener, but then lost the next two games 6-5 and 7-3. On Sunday, the Jays posted the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th in a 3-2 win. Starting pitcher Kevin Gausman managed 6.0 clean frames on six hits, no walks and five Ks.
For the starter gig on Monday, Toronto will go with Yusei Kikuchi. Over his 18 starts this year Kikuchi is 4-5 with a 4.86 ERA. In 74.0 innings he has 40 earned on 66 hits and 43 walks with 84 Ks.
Over on the Baltimore side, they posted a 1-0 win over the Pirates Friday and a 6-3 win Saturday. In the Sunday matchup the O’s had an early lead but hit the skids on just four team hits in an 8-1 defeat. Starter Spencer Watkins put up 5.1 frames with four earned, four hits and a walk.
As starting pitcher Monday, Baltimore is sending out Jordan Lyles. In 22 starts this year Lyles is 8-8 with a 4.40 ERA. In 124.2 innings total he’s posted 61 earned on 137 hits and 41 walks with 104 Ks.
The Jays are 5-0 in their last five in game one of a series and 12-5 in their last 17 overall. Toronto is 11-4 in their last 15 versus a right-handed starter.
Meanwhile, the O’s are 21-8 in their last 29 overall and 14-4 in their last 18 at home. Baltimore is 10-2 in their last 12 versus a lefty starter.
PICK: I’m going to try the Jays. I could probably go either way here, though. Both starters should do well. Kikuchi has three earned on five hits and two walks over his last 9.0 innings. As for Lyles, he’s given up just one earned on 10 hits and five walks in 12.0 innings combined over his last pair. I like both starters to at least flirt with quality outings in a close game. Should be a good one.