Toronto (75-57) at Baltimore (72-60)
When: Wednesday, August 31st 2016
Where: Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: Sportsnet, MASN
The Baltimore Orioles will try and make it two straight against the first place Toronto Blue Jays when the meet in the rubber-match of their three-game series. Matt Wieters hit a two-run tie-breaking homer last night to help give the O’s and 5-3 victory and move to within three games of the Jays in the AL East. Manny Machado became the youngest player in franchise history to reach 100 homers as the Orioles snapped Toronto’s four-game winning streak. Steve Pearce also homered as Baltimore pushed its league-high total to 208 homers – 15 more than second place Toronto. Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson saw his RBI streak end at five games but he has hit safely in nine straight.
Pitchers: Blue Jays – Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.99 ERA) | Orioles – Yovani Gallardo (4-6, 5.69)
Aaron Sanchez will have 10 days of rest between starts for the Blue Jays, who sent him to Class A Dunedin while skipping a turn in an attempt to manage the young hurler’s innings. Sanchez has allowed only three homers in his last 11 starts, but he was taken deep four times by Baltimore in a 10-9 Toronto win on June 12th. He gave up five runs and lasted only four innings in his last start against Cleveland on August 20th.
Yovani Gallardo was hammered in his last outing in a loss to the New York Yankees. He gave up eight runs on six hits in only 1.1 innings of work. It was his third loss in four starts and Gallardo only has one win in his last eleven games. Gallardo won his first four career starts versus the Blue Jays before taking the loss in Toronto on July 30th, giving up five runs on five hits and five walks in 4.1 innings.
I believe the rest that the Blue Jays gave Sanchez will pay off here tonight. He has been their second-best pitcher all season behind J.A. Happ. The Blue Jays are hitting the ball well and should easily have success against Gallardo.
Pick: Blue Jays -145