The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays got involved in a wild contest last night. Ultimately, the Blue Jays came out on top by a score of 11-10. This was after 15 innings of play, which was ended by a solo shot by Anthony Alford. The Blue Jays needed 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings and that’s what they got.
It’s another blown save for the Orioles’ bullpen. The bullpen has been horrifically bad in the second-half. No lead is safe for the Orioles. If they’re going into the 9th inning with a 2 or 1-run lead, you can pretty well guarantee that the Orioles are going to be blowing the lead.
This is the second time in their last three meetings that the Blue Jays beat the Orioles by a score of 11-10. It was the same scenario then, with the Orioles blowing a late lead to allow the Jays to steal a win. The Blue Jays scored 6 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 11-9 lead, so not even that was safe for the Orioles. It doesn’t matter who is in the lineup at the plate, nobody can win with the pitching staff playing that poorly.
Trey Mancini is one the best players in the majors that no one knows about. Playing on the Orioles can bury a player away from the spotlight. However, Mancini would a perfect fit on a postseason team right about now. Instead his talent is wasting away with the Orioles.
Somehow Mancini didn’t reach the All-Star Game, which goes to show how little respect he’s gotten in Baltimore. Mancini is hitting .286 with 34 home runs and 98 RBI’s. At just $575,000 a season, Mancini is due for a big pay increase. He is set for arbitration for the first time in his career this winter.
The Orioles are in a total rebuild and Mancini is currently in his prime, so it will be interesting to see what happens with him. As far as tonight is concerned, Dylan Bundy and Anthony Kay are scheduled to get the starting nods tonight. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Blue Jays pick.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick:
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The Baltimore Orioles won in rare fashion against the Seattle Mariners in the series finale before the Blue Jays opener. They won by a score of 2-1, which has been far and few between for the Orioles in 2019. Winning a pitcher’s duel has not been easy for Baltimore, but for one night, they were able to get an excellent performance out of the pitching staff. Prior to that game, though, it was a familiar outing in a 7-6 loss against the lowly Mariners. The Orioles’ bullpen ranks 29th in the majors with an ERA of 5.72. Since the All-Star Game, they’ve been far the worst bullpen.
It isn’t like the O’s have a tremendous starting rotation, so it’s led to a lot of tough outings for the pitching all the way around. Opposing teams have been able to feast off the bad pitching and put up some nice offensive numbers. The Blue Jays know about that, as they’ve scored a whopping 38 runs in their previous four games against the Orioles. Dylan Bundy is unlikely to provide too much resistance in this one.
Bundy goes into Tuesday with an ERA of 4.89 and 1.38 WHIP. If Bundy pitches like his last outing against the Blue Jays, it doesn’t guarantee there won’t be a lot of runs, though. Bundy started in that 11-10 and he allowed just 1 earned run. The bullpen got hammered to allow 10 runs to cross the plate.
For the Jays, Anthony Kay goes into this contest with an ERA of 6.30 and 1.50 WHIP in two starts this season. He’s made just three appearances, two being starts and another in relief. Kay pitched better as a bulk reliever in his most recent effort in an 8-4 win over the O’s. However, he was bad in his lone home start at Rogers Centre, leaving with a 10.38 ERA and 1.85 WHIP against the Yankees. While the Orioles’ relievers have been awful, the Jays haven’t been great, either. They are 21st in the majors with a team ERA of 4.81 out of the bullpen. A play on the OVER looks like a good option in Toronto tonight.