Blue Jays vs Orioles Prediction - MLB Picks 8/24/23
Baltimore Orioles (77-48) vs Toronto Blue Jays (70-56)
Game Info: Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Oriole Park at Camden Yards)
() () vs Jose Berrios (9-8) (3.39)
Betting Odds: Baltimore Orioles -116 / Toronto Blue Jays -101 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Orioles will host the Toronto Blue Jays for their divisional series finale this Thursday from the Rogers Centre on the MLB Network.
Blue Jays Preview & Projected Starter
Toronto enters at 61-50 after falling to Baltimore. The Blue Jays had Alex Manoah’s back at the plate last night, and they’ll attempt to double down here in game two. 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.
Jose Berrios (9-8, 3.39 ERA, 140 Ks) will get the ball for Toronto. The eighth-year righty threw well in Cincinnati last week, striking out eight over 5.2 scoreless frames en route to a Jays win. Berrios has been reliable since the beginning of July, holding teams to two runs or less in six of his last eight starts. Berrios’ lone matchup with Baltimore went well back in June, as he tossed 7.2 innings of shutout ball at Camden Yards, and he’ll look to replicate that performance here.
Blue Jays Player Trends & Props
• Vlad Guerrero Jr. had three hits in the game one victory, and he leads Toronto in RBI (72), with eighteen homers.
• George Springer has collected a hit in seven of the last ten games, and he’s posting splits of .257/15/50.
• Whit Merrifield is hitless thru two matchups with the O’s, but he’s still batting .292, with 57 RBI.
• Matt Chapman has hits in both games against Baltimore, and he’s posting a line of .256/15/46 for the season.
• Brandon Belt has recorded a hit in eight of the previous ten games, and after homering in two of the last three, he’s up to 14 home runs and 36 runs batted on the season.
Orioles Preview & Projected Starter
Baltimore comes in at 75-47 after defeating Oakland The Orioles capitalized from the jump on the light matchup, and they’ll look to take a 2-0 series here in game two. 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.
Kyle Gibson (12-7, 4.97 ERA, 127 Ks) will take the bump for Baltimore. The veteran righty reaped the benefits of run support last week in Oakland, as he gave up four runs to the A’s in five innings, but still managed to earn his twelfth win of the season. Gibson’s last two starts have been a bit shaky, but he’s pitched well in two matchups against Toronto this season, holding them to two runs over thirteen innings, while earning a pair of victories.
Orioles Player Trends & Props
• Adley Rutschmann has multiple hits in four of the last six games, and he leads Baltimore in hits (127), with splits of .273/16/61.
• Ryan Mountcastle has produced a run in five of the last six games, and he’s posting a very similar line of .272/17/61.
• Anthony Santander powered the game two victory with a pair of solo shots, and he leads O’s in home runs (22) and RBI (67)
• Gunnar Henderson brings an eight-game hit streak into this contest, and he’s hit 21 homers with 61 RBI for the season.
• Austin Hays has plated a run in three consecutive contests, and he leads the Orioles in batting (.281), while totaling 51 RBI.
Corey’s Free Pick
It’s hard to look away from Baltimore at home in this battle of birds, as they’ve played very well at home, and they have a division crown in sight. The Orioles are receiving production from all nine spots right now, while the Blue Jays simply aren’t the same without Bo Bichette at the top of the lineup. Kirk Gibson’s track record against Toronto provides optimism, and Berrios is fun to bet against on the road, so let’s roll with Baltimore at home for this pick ‘em spot.