Orioles vs Blue Jays Prediction - MLB Picks 8/3/23
Toronto Blue Jays (60-49) vs Baltimore Orioles (66-42)
Game Info: Thursday, August 3, 2023 at 3:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Kevin Gausman (8-5) (3.10) vs Jack Flaherty (7-6) (4.43)
Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -135 / Baltimore Orioles +115 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Toronto Blue Jays will host the Baltimore Orioles for their divisional series finale this Thursday from the Rogers Centre on the MLB Network. Toronto struck back with a game three victory, 4-1.
Orioles Preview & Projected Starter
Baltimore comes in at 66-42 after defeating Toronto. The Orioles couldn’t get anything going last night, and they face an uphill battle today with Kevin Gausman set to go for Toronto. The Baltimore offense is scoring 4.95 runs per game, while batting .252, with a .329 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.09 ERA, with a 1.29 WHIP.
Jack Flaherty (7-6, 4.43 ERA, 106 Ks) will get the ball for Baltimore. The seventh-year pitcher will make his first appearance as an Oriole here in game four. Flaherty opened July with a pair of scoreless outings against Miami and New York, before earning a victory over new regional rival Washington. Flaherty’s last two outings as a Cardinal didn’t go particularly well, and he’ll look to capitalize on the fresh start here in BMore.
Orioles Player Trends & Props
• Adley Rutschmann has multiple hits in three of the last five games, and he leads Baltimore in hits (107), with splits of .273/14/49.
• Anthony Santander powered the game two victory with four plated runs in the game two win, and he leads Baltimore in HR (19) and RBI (62).
• Ryan Mountcastle has totaled multiple bases in all three contests in Toronto, and he’s posting a line of 257/13/48.
• Gunnar Henderson has produced a run in three of the previous four games, and he’s second on the team in home runs (18), with 49 RBI.
Blue Jays Preview & Projected Starter
Toronto enters at 60-49 after defeating Baltimore. The Blue Jays got back into the win column yesterday, and they’ll attempt to take another division contest here in game four. The Toronto offense is scoring 4.85 runs per game, while batting .262, with a .331 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.80 ERA, with a 1.26 WHIP.
Kevin Gausman (8-5, 3.10 ERA, 171 Ks) will take the mound for Toronto. The tenth-year righty had a good outing at home against the Angels last week, striking out nine thru six innings pitched, while allowing just one run to earn his eighth win of the season. Gausman has picked up right where he left off after earning his second career All-Star nod, and he had success against Baltimore in his previous home spot against them. Gausman held his former ballclub to two runs over eight innings of work at Rogers back in May, and he’ll look to replicate that effort here in the series finale.
Blue Jays Player Trends & Props
The Blue Jays got a pair of victories yesterday, as they also learned that Bo Bichette’s injury may not be as serious as it looked, but the Jays may be without their leading hitter for a couple of weeks.
• Vlad Guerrero Jr. only has two hits during this home stand, so there’s a chance he’s due soon, but he still leads Toronto in RBI (66), with seventeen homers.
• Matt Chapman produced a run in the game three win, and after recording a hit in seven of the last ten games, he’s posting splits of .256/14/45.
• Whit Merrifield has plated a run in five of the last seven games and he’s batting .297, with 50 RBI.
• Brandon Belt has multiple hits in consecutive games, and he’s hitting .249.
Corey’s Free Pick
Toronto came through for us last night, and there’s no reason to look away from with Kevin Gausman set to close the series. Gausman has been one of the handful of pitchers you can lean on for both wins and props. Gaus has cleared seven strikeouts in five straight games, while allowing two runs or less in four of those. It should come down to a matter of run support facing a newly-acquired Jack Flaherty, who will soon learn that the AL East isn’t the NL Central. He’ll receive a lighter test with Bo Bichette on the shelf, but is still a talented Blue Jays lineup. Let’s back Toronto again here in game four, as they look to keep pace with Baltimore and Tampa in division play.