- The Blue Jays and Orioles face off in the first game of a doubleheader at Camden Yards on Monday, September 5th
- The Jays are hanging on to the third AL Wild Card spot, while the O’s are trailing close behind them
- Read below for the Blue Jays vs Orioles odds and betting preview
The Toronto Blue Jays (73-59) face the Baltimore Orioles (71-62) on Monday at Camden Yards in the first game of a four-game set between division opponents with postseason aspirations. The first pitch for Blue Jays vs Orioles is scheduled for 1:05 pm ET.
John Schneider will send Kevin Gausman to the mound, while Brandon Hyde counters with Jordan Lyles. Toronto is a slight favorite in this one.
Blue Jays vs Orioles Odds
|Toronto Blue Jays||-1.5 (+118)||-135||Over 8.5 (-110)|
|Baltimore Orioles||+1.5 (-140)||+115||Under 8.5 (-110)|
Odds as of September 4th at Caesars Sportsbook.
Toronto vs Baltimore Probable Pitchers
The Blue Jays have only managed a 14-11 record in games started by Gausman this season, 14 of which have been of quality vintage. Toronto has been especially sharp with the 31-year-old on the bump of late, winning five of his six August turns. That recent stretch includes three victories in a row.
MLB Pitching fWAR Leaders:
5.1 – Kevin Gausman, TOR
4.9 – Sandy Alcantara, MIA
4.9 – Carlos Rodon, SFG
4.9 – Aaron Nola, PHI
4.8 – Justin Verlander, HOU
4.6 – Max Fried, ATL
4.2 – Spencer Strider, ATL
The 6 ahead of Spencer Strider have at least 25.2 and as much as 71 more IP.
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) September 2, 2022
Despite allowing two home runs, Gausman is coming off his latest quality outing last Tuesday. He went six innings and allowed five hits, two earned runs and a walk while striking out nine in a 5-3 victory over the Cubs.
Meantime somewhat mirroring his individual record, the Orioles have only managed a 14-13 record when Lyle’s number is called. The 31-year-old has 11 quality starts in the bunch, including five in a row between late June and mid-July. He accomplished a significant personal milestone in his most recent outing.
Congratulations to Jordan Lyles on 1,000 career strikeouts! pic.twitter.com/PRAePPGTjG
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 31, 2022
The former first-round pick went 6.2 scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Guardians, allowing only four hits and three walks while striking out a pair in a 4-0 shutout win.
Gausman vs Lyles Stats
Following an unlikely home sweep at the hands of the second-division Angels, the Blue Jays have won five of their last six games. Three players (Cavan Biggion, Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez) have hit over .300 over the last week, with Hernandez delivering the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning against the Pirates in a 4-3 win to finish a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh.
Biggio smashed his fifth long ball of the season – and second in five days – in the win.
Cavan Biggio – Toronto Blue Jays (5) pic.twitter.com/aB4UobpL0X
— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) September 4, 2022
Vladimir Guerrero (27) and Matt Chapman (24) lead the team in big flies in 2022.
Meantime, the Orioles have won six straight series — not including a one-off loss to the Cubs in the middle of the three-week run. The stretch of success started by taking two of three from Toronto in mid-August. Baltimore laid an egg on Sunday, losing 5-0 to Oakland. But Ryan Mountcastle hit two of the O’s five homers in an 8-1 Saturday win over the A’s while driving in four runs in what was the club’s fourth straight win.
Ryan Mountcastle HAMMERS this pitch! pic.twitter.com/RcEGGZ4iWZ
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) September 3, 2022
Mountcastle, Gunnar Henderson and Ramon Urias are all hitting at least .300 heading into the pivotal four-game set against Baltimore’s AL East foe.
The Orioles have +15000 odds to win the Fall Classic, while the Blue Jays are at +1700 in the World Series odds.
TOR vs BAL Last 10 Meetings
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Score|
|8/17/22||Blue Jays||Orioles||TOR, 6-1|
|8/16/22||Blue Jays||Orioles||BAL, 4-2|
|8/15/22||Blue Jays||Orioles||BAL, 7-3|
|8/9/22||Orioles||Blue Jays||BAL, 6-5|
|8/8/22||Orioles||Blue Jays||BAL, 7-4|
|6/16/22||Blue Jays||Orioles||BAL, 10-2|
|6/15/22||Blue Jays||Orioles||TOR, 7-6|
|6/14/22||Blue Jays||Orioles||BAL, 6-5|
|6/13/22||Blue Jays||Orioles||TOR, 11-1|
|10/3/21||Blue Jays||Orioles||TOR, 12-4|
Blue Jays vs Orioles Prediction
Both teams come in surging, but Gausman is the more reliable starter. Plus, with Jordan Romano dealing on the back-end, Toronto’s pitching staff from top to bottom has the advantage.
Baltimore has been a great story this season. But I like the Jays in this spot.
Pick: Blue Jays (-135 moneyline)