Tonight the Toronto Blue Jays try to move closer (their magic number is 2) to an AL East division title as they play at the Baltimore Orioles.
Toronto Blue Jays (91-65) @ Baltimore Orioles (76-80)
The Jays won their 5th straight game with a 4-3 win at Baltimore yesterday evening. Reliever Brett Cecil was credited with the win as he pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 2 batters. He’s now 5-5 on the season. Here’s how the other pitchers fared in relief (or in a start) for the Jays:
- Starter Marco Esstrada pitched 7.1 innings while allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 2 batters. He threw 82 pitches in the game.
- Closer Roberto Osuna recorded his 20th save of the season as he pitched 0.2 of an inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 1 batter.
Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion hit his 36th home run of the season. He was 1 for 3 with 1 run batted in and 1 run scored. He has 106 rbis on the season. He walked 1 time. Right-fielder Jose Bautista was 2 for 4 with a 1 run batted in. He now has 111 rbis on the season. Left-fielder Ben Revere was 1 for 5 with 1 run batted in and 1 run scored. He now has 43 rbis on the season. 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson was 1 for 4. 1st baseman Chris Colabello was 1 for 4. He struck out 2 times. Catcher Dinoer Navarro was 1 for 4. He struck out 1 time. Center-fielder Kevin Pillar was 2 for 4. Shortstop Ryan Goins was 1 for 3 with 1 run scored. He struck out one time. The Blue Jays had 10 hits in the game. On the mound for the Jays tonight is right-handed starter Marcus Stroman. Stroman is 3-0 with a 1.89 era and 10 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched. He’s made 3 starts this season. In his last start, a win on September 23rd at home versus the Yankees, he pitched 7 innings while not allowing an earned run on 5 hits. He struck out 5 batters and walked 1. He threw 95 pitches in the game.
The Baltimore Orioles dropped their 4th straight as they were defeated 4-3 last night. Reliever Brad Brach suffered the loss as he pitched 1 inning while allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits. His record is now 5-3 on the season. Starter Chris Tillman pitched 7.1 innings while allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits. He struck out 3 batters and walked 1. He gave up 1 home run. He threw 104 pitches in the game. Reliever Darren O’Day pitched 0.2 of an inning while giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits. He struck out 1 and walked 1 batter. Right-fielder Ryan Flaherty hit his 9th home run of the season. He was 1 for 3 with 3 runs batted in and 1 run scored. He now has 31 rbis on the season. He struck out 1 batter. Catcher Matt Wieters was 2 for 3 with 1 run scored. 2nd baseman Jonathan Schoop was 1 for 1 with 1 run scored. The Orioles had 4 hits in the game. This evening their starting pitcher is right-handed Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez is 9-11 with a 4.85 era and 106 strikeouts in 141 innings pitched. He’s made 25 starts this season. In his last start, a loss on August 30th at Texas, he pitched 5.1 innings while allowing 4 earned runs on 7 hits. He struck out 3 batters and walked 2. He threw 103 pitches in the game. He has lost his last 3 starts and he is 0-4 in his last 6 starts. This is his 4th season in MLB, all with the Orioles. He has a career record of 39-32 with a 3.79 era.
Toronto is 38-37 at home this season. They have scored 857 runs and allowed 634 runs on the season. Baltimore is 42-30 on the road this season. They have scored 675 runs and allowed 664 runs on the season.
This is the 17th meeting of the season between the Blue Jays and the Orioles. The Blue Jays have won 10 of the 16 meetings. Including tonight the 2 teams play 3 more times this season.
Prediction: With a win tonight and a little bit of help from other teams the Blue Jays will clinch their first AL East title since 1993. I think Stroman will move his season record to 4-0 tonight.
Take the Blue Jays 1.95 (Bet365)
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