Toronto Blue Jays vs Baltimore Orioles Prediction, 8/18/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Baltimore Orioles
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Location: Oriole Park in Baltimore, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jays (-130) Orioles (+120)
Cavan Biggio and the Toronto Blue Jays (7-11, 4th in AL East) are headed to Oriole Park on Tuesday where they'll take on the Baltimore Orioles (12-9, 3rd in AL East). The Orioles open this contest at +120 while the Blue Jays are priced at -130. The O/U has been set at 9.5. The pitchers expected to start will be Nate Pearson and Wade LeBlanc.
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
8/16/2020 Yennsy Diaz RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
8/16/2020 Anthony Bass RP Back Probable for Aug 17
8/16/2020 Bo Bichette SS Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/14/2020 Derek Fisher RF Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
8/7/2020 Trent Thornton SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/4/2020 Elvis Luciano RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
7/28/2020 Ken Giles RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Key Baltimore Orioles Injuries
8/15/2020 Austin Hays CF Ribs Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/9/2020 Kohl Stewart SP Opt Out Out for the season
8/8/2020 Hunter Harvey RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 29
7/14/2020 Richie Martin SS Wrist Out for the season
6/28/2020 Trey Mancini RF Abdomen Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 7-11 overall record this season. Pearson (0-0) has earned a FIP of 5.76 while facing 55 batters so far in the major leagues. His ERA is 5.21 (7 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.488. He has allowed 9 base knocks (6.7 hits per 9 innings) and has 9 free passes. Pearson has taken the ball for 12 innings and is sitting with 11 strikeouts so far. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have given up 64 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .182 against the bullpen and they've struck out 95 hitters and walked 45 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 7.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 128 base hits and 71 earned runs. They have allowed 23 home runs this season, ranking them 23rd in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 84 batters and struck out 169. They have walked 4.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.49.
As a team Toronto is hitting .241, good for 15th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .439 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .302, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Cavan Biggio is hitting .208 with an on-base percentage of .313. He has 15 hits this season in 72 at bats with 9 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .444 and an OPS+ of 102. Randal Grichuk is hitting .320 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .393. He has totaled 16 hits and he has driven in 4 men in 50 at bats. His OPS+ is 131 while his slugging percentage is at .460. The Blue Jays have 150 hits, including 25 doubles and 32 home runs. Toronto has walked 53 times so far this season and they have struck out 155 times as a unit. They have left 120 men on base and have a team OPS of .741. They score 4.11 runs per contest and have scored a total of 74 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
During his pro baseball career, LeBlanc has surrendered 915 hits while earning 639 punchouts in 877 innings. He has given up 440 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.343 and having a FIP of 4.8. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.43 and he has faced 3,735 batters during his MLB career. LeBlanc (46-47 career record) holds a 4.51 ERA and has given up 9.4 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.29 and they have given up 84 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .206 against the Orioles bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 103 batters and walked 39 opposing hitters. As a team, Baltimore allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.62. The Orioles pitchers as a team have surrendered 173 base knocks and 95 earned runs this season. They have given up 25 home runs this year, which ranks 18th in Major League Baseball. Baltimore as a staff has walked 63 hitters and struck out 175 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 4.27.
As a team, they are batting .265, good for 3rd in the league. The Orioles hold a .467 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Anthony Santander comes into this matchup batting .271 with an OBP of .311. He has 23 hits this year along with 22 RBI in 85 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .624 with an OPS+ of 148. Renato Nunez is hitting .307 this season and he has an OBP of .388. He has collected 23 hits in 75 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 163 and a slugging percentage of .587. The Orioles as a unit have 191 base hits, including 46 doubles and 32 homers. Baltimore has walked 65 times this year and they have struck out on 170 occasions. They have had 139 men left on base and have an OPS of .798. They have scored 5.33 runs per game and totaled 112 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Orioles MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays (-130)
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