Tanner Roark (1-1, 6.00 ERA) vs. Tommy Milone (1-2, 4.00 ERA)
The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles square up for another meeting on Wednesday at Camden Yards. The Blue Jays won the first two rounds with a win of 7-2 and 8-7. There will be two more games in this four-game series between the Blue Jays and Orioles.
Everybody was singing the praises of the Orioles, but they’ve been finding it difficult against the Jays at home. Following a 6-5 loss in the series finale against the Washington Nationals, the Orioles are on a three-game losing streak.
The Orioles head into Wednesday with a record of 12-11, which is much better than people would have expected from them at this point, though. Despite the three-game losing skid, we have to give the Orioles some credit for the baseball that they’ve been playing.
The Blue Jays and Orioles put on an entertaining show last night. The O’s were competitive and got the game to extra innings, but lost because of a throwing error in the 10th. It should have been much easier for the Jays, who had a 7-3 lead going into the bottom 5th.
Randal Grichuk was the big winner of the night, as he went 2-for-5 with 4 RBI. Travis Shaw provided some pop as well on 2-for-5 hitting with 3 RBI. Vlad Jr? Yikes. He really needs to get his act together and get the power stroke working. Keep in mind that Guerrero Jr. is still only a 21-year-old, so there’s a lot of time to work out the kinks. Getting into better shape has to be first on his list.
The Blue Jays have been so-so this season, and I think that was their pre-season expectations. The most disappointing aspect of this season has to be Vlad Jr. He has a .221 batting average and 3 home runs. Not good enough for a player expected to be one of the premier players for the Blue Jays, but it’s early in his career. Former National Tanner Roark gets the call on the bump for the Jays, while veteran Tommy Milone goes for the Orioles. Head below for our free Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles pick for August 19, 2020.
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The Blue Jays will send Tanner Roark to the bump for his fourth start of the season. I’m not sure what the Blue Jays were expecting out of Roark, but if they were looking for an improvement from the last two years, the organization has to be feeling awfully disappointed. Realistically, the Blue Jays wanted more of the same average Roark from 2018 and 2019, but they’re not getting that.
Roark posted an ERA of 4.67, 4.34, and 4.35 in his previous three seasons. The Jays aren’t getting that, as Roark goes into Wednesday with an ERA of 6.00 and 1.58 WHIP. Roark has yielded 10 hits and 9 walks. His command has been all over the place and will have to rediscover it to have success this season. Roark has given up 7 earned runs in his last 7 innings of work.
He’s walked 9 batters in that time, so that must be rectified against the Orioles or it will be more of the same. While the pitching has been a work-in-progress for the Orioles, their offense has been swinging the stick well. They’re fifth in the major leagues with an average of 5.26 runs scored per game. Tommy Milone is high up in the rotation simply because the O’s don’t have many options to turn to this season.
Milone has been decent enough, with an ERA of 4.00 and 1.39 WHIP. However, Milone is coming off a bad spot, as he gave up 9 hits and 6 runs against the Nationals. He’s conceded a .297 batting average to the opposition. Considering batters are hitting .297 against Milone this season and he’s gotten away with a 4.00 ERA is good fortunes for him. It could be a lot worse than an ERA of 4.00. There appears to be value on the OVER at +105. I will look for the bats to stay hot on Wednesday afternoon.