Baltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 8/31/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Baltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Monday, August 31, 2020
Location: Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Orioles (+137) Blue Jays (-148)
Randal Grichuk and the Toronto Blue Jays (17-14, 3rd in AL East) play the Baltimore Orioles (14-18, 4th in AL East) at Sahlen Field on Monday. The Orioles open this game at +137 while the Blue Jays are priced at -148. The total opens at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Keegan Akin and Chase Anderson.
Key Baltimore Orioles Injuries
8/29/2020 Shawn Armstrong RP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/25/2020 Wade LeBlanc SP Elbow Out for the season
8/25/2020 Austin Hays CF Ribs Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/21/2020 Chris Davis 1B Kneecap Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/9/2020 Kohl Stewart SP Opt Out Out for the season
7/14/2020 Richie Martin SS Wrist Out for the season
6/28/2020 Trey Mancini RF Abdomen Out for the season
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
8/29/2020 Jordan Romano RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
8/28/2020 Bo Bichette SS Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
8/27/2020 Trent Thornton SP Elbow Out for the season
8/26/2020 Yennsy Diaz RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
8/25/2020 Nate Pearson SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/24/2020 Elvis Luciano RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/24/2020 Matt Shoemaker SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/24/2020 Ken Giles RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Orioles have a 14-18 overall record this season. Akin has thrown 3 innings and has earned 1 punchout. His earned run average is 8.71 (3 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 0.968. He has conceded 2 hits (5.8 hits per 9 innings) and has had 1 free pass. Akin (0-0 win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 8.68 while going up against 14 hitters so far. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.05 and they have given up 118 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .188 against the bullpen and they've struck out 159 hitters and walked 66 batters. As a team, Baltimore allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.73. The Orioles pitchers collectively have given up 265 base hits and 149 earned runs. They have allowed 46 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Baltimore as a pitching staff has walked 103 batters and struck out 266. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 4.67.
As a team Baltimore is hitting .256, good for 7th in the league. The Orioles hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Renato Nunez is hitting .275 with an on-base percentage of .338. He has 33 hits this season in 120 at bats with 18 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .508 and an OPS+ of 127. Rio Ruiz is hitting .183 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .260. He has totaled 17 hits and he has driven in 16 men in 93 at bats. His OPS+ is 78 while his slugging percentage is at .409. The Orioles have 281 hits, including 60 doubles and 43 home runs. Baltimore has walked 96 times so far this season and they have struck out 275 times as a unit. They have left 214 men on base and have a team OPS of .753. They score 4.62 runs per contest and have scored a total of 148 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Anderson (53-40 career win-loss record) has a 3.94 ERA and has surrendered 8.4 hits per nine innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.56 and he has faced 3,642 opposing hitters so far in his MLB career. During his MLB career, Anderson has given up 817 hits while earning 731 punchouts in 871 innings pitched. He has allowed 381 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.265 and having a FIP of 4.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.19 and they have given up 109 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .181 against the Blue Jays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 156 batters and walked 73 opposing hitters. As a team, Toronto allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.73. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 234 base knocks and 114 earned runs this season. They have given up 33 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Toronto as a staff has walked 127 hitters and struck out 278 batters. They give up a walk 4.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.12.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 12th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Randal Grichuk comes into this matchup batting .306 with an OBP of .342. He has 34 hits this year along with 23 RBI in 111 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .595 with an OPS+ of 145. Vladimir Guerrero Jr is hitting .271 this season and he has an OBP of .344. He has collected 32 hits in 118 at bats while driving in 16 runs. He has an OPS+ of 120 and a slugging percentage of .483. The Blue Jays as a unit have 267 base hits, including 47 doubles and 54 homers. Toronto has walked 101 times this year and they have struck out on 262 occasions. They have had 205 men left on base and have an OPS of .768. They have scored 4.81 runs per game and totaled 149 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Orioles/Blue Jays MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Orioles (+137)
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