The top-half of the American League East looks pretty good with the Red Sox and Yankees. Move further down and you’ll find the Blue Jays and Orioles. While the Red Sox are a 100-win team and looking for more, the Orioles have over 100 losses and looking for the end of the season. The bleeding is nearly done for the only 100 loss team in the major leagues at the moment. The next closes team to them at the bottom of the standings are the Kansas City Royals, who at least have a recent World Series to show off.
The O’s last World Series came in 1983, so there hasn’t been much for fans to be excited about. KC can point to their championship from 2015. The Blue Jays won back-to-back in 1992 and 1993. Joe Carter hit a walk-off to give the Jays their second World Series in a row. There is a lot of young talent in the pipeline in Toronto, but we’ll see if management can make the right moves. They’ve been criticized quite extensively the last couple of years, so we’ll see where they go. It’s going to be pretty interesting once Vlad Jr. hits the big leagues in 2019.
Things aren’t as exciting in Baltimore, but they did pick up some pieces with the Machado trade. 21-year-old Yusniel Diaz is likely to blossom into a talented player. I think after Machado got shown the door to Los Angeles it made most Orioles’ fans tune out the rest of 2018, though. No one showed up to play for the Orioles last night, as the Blue Jays cruised to victory. Ryan Borucki was at his best, going a strong 8 innings and allowing just 3 hits. Aaron Sanchez hopes to follow that up with a strong outing of his own. Dylan Bundy is scheduled to get the call for the Orioles. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Orioles pick.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Aaron Sanchez (4-6, 4.90 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (8-14, 5.48 ERA)
The Blue Jays got ahead early with 3 runs in the 2nd inning and that’s all they needed. They added another 2 runs to blank the Orioles by a score of 5-0. It was a great sign for the Jays to see Borucki pitching like he did last night. They hope he can be an integral member of the rotation next season. He made it pretty clear that he wants to be around then. Sanchez will get the nod tonight as he hopes to finish up the season strong. It’s been a turbulent year for Sanchez who has gone from an ERA of 3.00 in 2016 to a 4.25 ERA last season, and now he is fighting to keep his head above the 5.00 mark. Sanchez enters Camden Yards with a 4.98 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the road.
Dylan Bundy has been pretty bad everywhere, whether it’s the road or at home. He enters with an overall ERA of 5.48 and 5.57 ERA in Baltimore. Bundy is coming off one of the few good starts of the year at home, which came against the Athletics. He allowed 2 runs across 6 innings, but in his previous three games at home, he gave up 4, 7, and 7 runs. The Blue Jays got to Bundy for 7 runs at Rogers Centre on August 21st. They also had 10 hits in just 4 innings of seeing Bundy on the bump. In his start against the Jays on July 20th, he surrendered 5 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings. So, in his last 9 innings vs the Jays, Bundy has allowed 12 runs. Additionally, he’s posted an ERA of 6.46 and 1.57 WHIP in his previous three outings. This matchup should be good for a play on the OVER.