The MLB is set up with a total of fifteen games on Tuesday night after a relatively quiet night on Monday. One of the matchups set to go down on June 11 will be between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. These two teams have put up struggling performances this season, but will look to earn a solid victory on Tuesday night. This game is set for 7:05 PM Eastern time.
The Blue Jays have put up a record of 23-42 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of an already tough AL East Division. The Blue Jays are coming off a three-game sweep to the Arizona Diamondbacks and have lost four in a row. Toronto is going through a tough rebuild right now and it has shown this season. The Blue Jays will look to get back in the win column though against the Orioles.
Baltimore is behind Toronto in the AL East with a record of 20-45. The Orioles lost their last game to the Houston Astros and have now lost four of their last five games, but three of those four losses have only been by a single run. Baltimore has still been the worst team in the MLB this season, but they will look to jump the Kansas City Royals for those honors with a win at home on Tuesday night.
These two teams have not been competitive this season, but this could lead to a good game between the two teams. Neither team has been playing spectacular this season, but I believe that they will have a good battle between them in this three-game series. Both teams will look to earn a rare win with a good performance on Tuesday night.
The first three-game series between these two teams came much earlier in the season. Toronto hosted the first game on April 1. Jonathan Villar hit a home run in the top of the first to get the Orioles started early. Baltimore jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but the Blue Jays tried to come back. Randal Grichuk and Freddy Galvis both had home runs, but the Orioles held on to take a 6-5 win. David Hess got the win after pitching six innings and allowing zero hits.
The second game of series was another tight matchup. These two teams went back and forth early, remaining tied at 0-0 by the end of the fifth inning. Jonathan Villar and Trey Mancini each had RBI’s in the top of the sixth to give Baltimore a 2-0 lead. Rowdy Tellez hit a home run ball at the bottom of the ninth, but it was too late. Andrew Cashner had four hits and zero runs in six innings pitched as the Orioles won 2-1.
The third and most recent game between the Blue Jays and the Orioles was on April 3. This time it was Toronto’s turn to jump out to a quick lead. Randal Grichuk had two home runs as the Blue Jays jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Trey Mancini hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth, but it was too late. Matt Shoemaker pitched seven innings and allowed only two hits as Toronto won 5-3.
These two teams may be at the bottom of the league, but the first series between them was quite competitive. I expect a similar showing from both squads this time around. The two teams will look to get off on the right foot with a win to start this three-game series on Tuesday night.
The Blue Jays have been led by Freddy Galvis and Randal Grichuk in hits as both are tied with 55 hits. Grichuk and Justin Smoak are tied in home runs with 12. Smoak holds the lead in RBI’s with 33. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has come on strong getting 34 hits, 7 home runs and batting at a solid .248, which is second on the team.
Trey Mancini has had a solid season for Baltimore so far this season. Mancini leads with 73 hits on the season. Renato Nunez has the lead in home runs with 16, while also earning 36 RBI’s on the season. Hanser Alberto has an impressive batting average of .311, which leads the team, but he only has been able to get 3 home runs on the season.
These two teams are not great at hitting. Toronto has a more balanced front core, with Guerrero Jr. quickly rising in the ranks in his rookie season. Guerrero Jr. had a great series against the New York Yankees about a week ago. The Orioles have a few solid hitters, being led by Mancini who has had a solid season so far.
Trent Thornton will start on the mound for Toronto on Tuesday night. Thornton has not been great this season, putting up an ERA of 4.73 so far and a WHIP of 1.361. He is averaging around 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. In his last game against the hard-hitting New York Yankees, he pitched five innings and allowed four runs on five hits.
John Means will start at Pitcher for Baltimore in Tuesday’s tilt. Means has put together a solid stat line this season, putting up an ERA of 2.67 with a WHIP of 1.071. He gets around 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings. His last performance came on June 5 against the Texas Rangers. Means pitched six innings and allowed two hits and one run.
The Orioles hold an advantage on the mound with Means in, but I believe that the Blue Jays, who have been hitting decently as of late, could play well against him. Thornton will need to shake off his last performance against the Yankees and find a way to keep Baltimore quiet early. I believe he could do just that.
Baltimore was able to take two of the first three games against the Blue Jays and I do not believe that Toronto has soon forgotten that. The Blue Jays will look to come out strong early, which will not be an easy task. Last time these teams met though, Toronto did not have Guerrero Jr. in and he has been looking good. He could help flip the table in the Blue Jays favor.
BetOnline has Toronto listed as a -112 against the money line. This implies that the Blue Jays will win this game around 52.8 percent of the time. I think that this is a good line. Neither team has been looking great this season, but Toronto has been slightly better. I believe the Blue Jays come into this game confident and pull off the win.