Tonight the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles play game 2 of a double-header after last night’s game was rained out. If the Jays win the first game of the double-header they will have officially clinched the AL East division title. It would be their first division title since 1993.
Toronto Blue Jays (91-65) @ Baltimore Orioles (76-80)
The Jays are currently the AL East division leaders, 5.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees. They have already clinched a playoff berth. As a team they have scored 857 runs this season, 1st in MLB. They are batting .267, 4th in MLB. Their on-base percentage is .338, 1st in MLB. Their slugging percentage is .455, 1st in MLB. 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson leads the team in batting average with a .299 average, leads the team in home runs with 41, and leads the team in runs batted in with 122. He also leads the team in runs scored with 121 and hits with 180. He has set single-season career highs in home runs, rbis, runs, and hits. This is his 1st season with Toronto. Right-fielder Jose Bautista leads the team in on-base percentage with a .375 average. He is batting .252 with 39 home runs and 111 runs batted in. He has scored 106 runs and has 134 hits on the season. He has hit 27 or more home runs in his last 6 seasons. He has 103 or more runs batted in in 4 of his last 6 seasons. Catcher Russell Martin is batting .238 with 22 home runs and 74 runs batted in. He has scored 72 runs and has 102 hits on the season. This season he has set single-season career highs in home runs and rbis. This is his first season with Toronto. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is batting .278 with 17 home runs and 70 runs batted in. He has scored 76 runs and has 133 hits on the season. Since being traded to the Blue Jays in July he has hit 5 home runs and driven in 17 runs. Left-fielder Chris Colabello is batting .321 with 14 home runs and 53 runs batted in. He has scored 51 runs and has 101 hits on the season. This is only his 3rd season in MLB, 1st with Toronto.
On the mound for the Jays tonight is right-handed starter R.A. Dickey. Dickey is 11-11 with a 4.00 era and 123 strikeouts in 209.1 innings pitched. He’s made 32 starts this season. In his last start, a win on September 25th at home versus the Rays, he pitched 7 innings while allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits. He struck out 2 batters. He threw 88 pitches in the game. He is 8-1 in his last 13 starts.
The Baltimore Orioles are currently in 4th place in the AL East, 15 games behind the division-leading Blue Jays. They are only a half game behind the 3rd place Boston Red Sox but also only a half game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays. As a team they have scored 675 runs this season, 15th in MLB. They are batting .248, 25th in MLB. Their on-base percentage is .304, 28th in MLB. Their slugging percentage is .415, 8th in MLB. 2nd baseman Manny Machado leads the team in batting average with a .286 average, leads the team in on-base percentage with a .359 average, and leads the team in hits with 174. He has 30 home runs, 78 runs batted in, and has scored 94 runs. 1st baseman Chris Davis leads the team in home runs with 43 and leads the team in runs batted in with 110. He is batting .256 with 93 runs scored and 142 hits on the season. He has hit 26 or more home runs in his last 4 seasons. Center-fielder Adam Jones is batting .269 with 27 home runs and 82 runs batted in. He has scored 74 runs and has 147 hits on the season. He has hit 25 or more home runs in his last 5 seasons. He has 82 or more runs batted in in his last 5 seasons.
On the mound for the Orioles tonight is right-handed starter Kevin Gausman. Gausman is 3-7 with a 4.49 era and 93 strikeouts in 104.1 innings pitched. He’s made 16 starts this season. In his last start, a loss on September 25th at Boston, he pitched 5 innings while allowing 5 earned runs on 5 hits. He struck out 5 batters and walked 3. He threw 99 pitches in the game. He is 1-5 in his last 10 starts.
Prediction: I think the Jays will take game 1 of the double-header today which will sew up the division title for them and I think they’ll rest some guys in the 2nd game.
Take the Orioles 1.68 (Bet365)
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