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Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – June 29, 2017

Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – June 29, 2017

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Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays Preview

Where: Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON

When: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 7:07 PM ET

Line: Baltimore Orioles (+165) at Toronto Blue Jays (-185); total: 10.0 – view all MLB lines

TV Broadcast: MASN 2/SportsNet


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Betting on the Baltimore Orioles (38-39)

Moneyline: +165

The Baltimore Orioles had their three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday with a humbling 4-0 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles simply had no answer for Marcus Stroman who pitched five-hit ball into the eighth inning. With the loss, Baltimore dropped down to 38-39 in the AL East standings.

The Orioles will look to return to the win column when they face the Blue Jays in their series finale tonight. Starting for Baltimore in this divisional matchup is Ubaldo Jimenez. The right-hander will be making his third start since he was placed back into the rotation on Thursday in Toronto. He looked rusty in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing nine runs on seven hits in just 2.1 innings of action. Chances are definitely running out for the inconsistent Jimenez  who owns an abysmal 7.26 ERA and 1.61 WHIP this season.

With Jimenez struggling with his command right now, the onus is on the Baltimore hitters to provide some crucial run support tonight. Expected to lead the Orioles offense in the series decider against the Jays is second baseman Jonathan Schoop. He leads the Orioles not only in homers but also in batting average, on-base percentage, hits and RBIs this campaign. Schoop is 7-of-23 in his last six games with a homer and five RBIs.

The Orioles are 4-6 in their last 10 road games. They are pegged at +5,000 to win the 2017 World Series.

Betting on the Toronto Blue Jays (37-40)

Moneyline: -185

Pitching for Toronto in the final game of this three-game set is J.A. Happ. The lefty looks back to his best after injuries derailed his first two months of the campaign. Happ has yielded three earned runs or fewer in all but one of his five starts since returning from the disabled list in late May. He surrendered one run on four hits while striking out five over 6.1 innings Friday but had to settle for a no-decision in a 5-4 defeat to the Kansas City Royals. He could have grabbed his third consecutive win in that contest but the Jays bullpen sans Robert Osuna blew a three-run lead.

Happ will need all the help he can get against a Baltimore team that’s 8-3 against Toronto this season. The Jays hope that Wednesday’s victory against the Orioles is the start of an offensive reawakening for Jose Bautista. He opened the floodgates in that 4-0 win with a leadoff homer, the first by a Toronto batter this season. That blast was Bautista’s first opposite-field home run since September 12, 2015. Bautista has struggled mightily this season, batting just .238 with 14 homers and 47 RBIs.

The Blue Jays are 5-5 in their last 10 home games. They are pegged at +5,000 to win the 2017 World Series.

Writer’s Prediction

Toronto (-185) wins, 5-2.

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