The Baltimore Orioles have a three-game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East heading into Saturday afternoon’s matchup in Toronto.
The Jays are looking to get back on track with a win, sending ace Alek Manoah (1-4, 5.40 ERA) to the mound in this game. He’s struggled so far this season, and his fastball velocity has been down as well.
Meanwhile, the O’s have youngster Grayson Rodriguez (2-1, 6.57 ERA) on the mound. He was tagged for eight runs by the Los Angeles Angels in his last outing.
Here are the odds and my best bet for this matchup:
Orioles vs. Blue Jays odds, run line and total
Orioles vs. Blue Jays prediction and pick
This is going to be a high-scoring game, as we have two of the better offenses in MLB facing off. The O’s are ninth in the league in OPS while the Jays are 13th, and this pitching matchup is a hitter’s dream.
Rodriguez has struggled in his first season in the bigs, allowing 47 hits and 17 walks in just 37.0 innings of work. Allowing that many base runners has made things fairly easy on opposing offenses, especially this month where the rookie has allowed 16 runs in three starts.
Manoah hasn’t been good either, posting a Fielding Independent Pitching that is nearly a run higher than his actual ERA.
He’s given up at least three runs in six of his nine starts this season.
Given the struggles of these starters and the strong offense, the OVER is the only way to go on Saturday.
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