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Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles (Aug 29-31)

The Toronto Blue Jays have enhanced their division lead to 2 games, and are heading on the road for 9 games, starting in Baltimore on Monday.

The Blue Jays head to Baltimore to kick off a big 9 game road strip. Toronto is now (74-56) on the season, and have won 6 of their last 10. At the moment the Blue Jays have a 2 game lead over Boston in the American League East. The Orioles (71-59) sit 3 games back of Toronto at the moment, and are 4-6 over their last 10 games.

The Blue Jays have a solid 34-28 record on the road this season, while Baltimore is an impressive 42-22 at Camden Yards in 2016.

Pitching:

TOR- (Starters) 3.76 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 1.24 HR/9, 7.6 K/9, .239/.302/.399

BAL- (Starters) 4.96 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 1.33 HR/9, 7.4 K/9, .273/.342/.459

TOR – (Relievers) 3.92 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 1.12 HR/9, 9.0 K/9, .254/.313/.411

BAL- (Relievers) 3.74 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 0.99 HR/9, 8.2 K/9, .249/.325/.399

Offenses:

Toronto – R/G 4.92 – .251/.329/.440 – 441 XBH – 8.44 K/G

Baltimore – R/G 4.73 – .262/.321/.451 – 433 XBH – 8.24 K/G

History: The Blue Jays and Orioles have played each other 584 times over the last 40 seasons, with Toronto having an edge in the all-time series with a 317-277 record. Baltimore holds their own at home with a 158-141 record over that span. This marks the fifth time this season these two teams will play each other; Toronto holds the edge in the season series 7-6, but are only 2-4 in Camden Yards in 2016.

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:05 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2016: 7-6, 3.47 ERA) vs. W. Miley LHP (2016: 8-10, 5.51 ERA)

Toronto will send the struggling Marco Estrada to the mound on Monday night to kick off the series. Estrada (7-6, 3.47 ERA, 1.100 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) has not been sharp over his last 3 starts, posting a 8.36 ERA.

Over his career he has a (3-1, 3.53 ERA, 1.154 WHIP, 8.7 K/9) when facing the Orioles. This record includes his three starts in 2016 where he has posted a 1-0 record with a 3.71 ERA.

Estrada owns a (4-1, 3.68 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) record on the road this season.

Baltimore will counter with Wade Miley for the series opener. Miley is currently (8-10, 5.51 ERA, 1.433 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) on the season which includes (1-2, 8.18 ERA, 1.864 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) since being traded to Baltimore.

Over his career the lefty has a (1-3, 6.04 ERA, 1.855 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) when facing the Blue Jays. He has one start against Toronto this season where he took the loss but put up 6 IP, 2ER.

Miley is (3-5, 6.00 ERA, 1.352 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) on the road this season. He has two home starts for the Orioles this season where he’s allowed 10 ER over 6.2 IP.

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:05 EST

J. Happ LHP (2016: 17-4, 3.19 ERA) vs. U. Jimenez RHP (2016: 5-11, 6.62 ERA)

Lefty J.A. Happ will take the mound on Tuesday evening looking to get back to his winning ways. Happ (17-4, 3.19 ERA, 1.146 WHIP, 8.1 K/9) lost his last start, but was excellent before one bad inning foiled things.

Over his career he owns a (4-3, 3.48 ERA, 1.290 WHIP, 9.9 K/9) when facing Baltimore, including a 2-0 record with a 3.21 ERA over 2 starts this season.

Happ is currently sporting a (7-2, 3.32 ERA, 1.081 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) record away from Rogers Centre this season.

Baltimore will counter Happ with the enigma that is Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez (5-11, 6.62 ERA, 1.848 WHIP, 8.1 K/9) has struggled mightily this season.

The right-hander has put up some excellent starts against Toronto over his career, and currently holds a (6-5, 4.91 ERA, 1.468 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) when facing Toronto. These totals include his 3 appearances (2 starts) this season where he is 0-1 with a 14.09 ERA)

Jimenez has a (4-4, 6.67 ERA, 1.906 WHIP, 7.9 K/9) at home in Camden Yards in 2016.

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:05 EST

A. Sanchez RHP (2016: 12-2, 2.99 ERA) vs. Y. Gallardo  RHP (2016: 4-6, 5.69 ERA)

The Blue Jays will welcome back Aaron Sanchez on Wednesday to make his first start since being demoted to help him get some rest. Sanchez is currently (12-2, 2.99 ERA, 1.158 WHIP, 7.6 K/9) on the season.

Over his short career the young fire baller is (3-2, 4.85 ERA, 1.641 WHIP, 6.5 K/9) when facing the Orioles. This includes a 2-0 record over 3 starts in 2016 with a 4.50 ERA.

Sanchez holds his own on the road, and is (7-1, 2.70 ERA, 1.108 WHIP, 8.0 K/9) away from the Rogers Centre in 2016.

Baltimore will counter with the struggling Yovani Gallardo to face Sanchez on Wednesday evening. Gallardo (4-6, 5.69 ERA, 1.647 WHIP, 6.1 K/9) has not been the answer the Orioles were hoping for this season.

Despite pitching to a (4-1, 3.03 ERA, 1.315 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) record over his career against Toronto, the right-hander has had issues this season with the Blue Jays during his 2 starts, sporting a 1-1 record with a 6.75 ERA.

Gallardo has pitched well at Camden Yards this season with a (2-1, 3.69 ERA, 1.513 WHIP, 5.8 K/9) record.

*All Pitcher vs Batter Stats provided by ESPN
**Featured Image Credit: dannebrog (Flickr) – UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0

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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.

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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.