The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles meet on early Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards to wrap up their three-game series. The Blue Jays and Orioles took a split in their first two games, with the Orioles opening with a 7-1 win, and then the Blue Jays responding with a 10-7 victory on Saturday.
Alek Manoah didn’t have a stellar start, but the offense helped him out with a big performance at the plate. Manoah lasted 3.1 innings with 4 hits and 5 earned runs conceded. However, the Orioles’ bullpen coughed the game away, as the Blue Jays stormed back with 6 runs in the top of the 9th.
Toronto went into the final frame trailing by a score of 7-4 and went into the bottom half of the 9th needing just 3 outs for a 10-7 win. Bad teams find ways to lose games in a variety of different ways. The fact that the Orioles blew a late lead isn’t surprising. The biggest losers in the matchup had to be Tyler Wells and Paul Fry.
Fry allowed 2 hits and 4 earned runs in 0.2 innings, and then Wells followed up with 3 hits and 2 earned runs. When all of the blame falls on you, it’s one of those feelings where you just want to crawl in a hole and forget about the rest of the locker room. It was a wasted solid performance from Dean Kremer who allowed 3 hits and 2 earned runs through 6 innings.
The Blue Jays are falling out of favor in the AL East, as they go into Sunday afternoon with a record of 34-35. They’re eight games behind the Boston Red Sox. The Blue Jays, or at least the way I saw it, weren’t expected to compete for a divisional title this year. However, I’m confident that in two years they’re going to be a contender. The front office just has to do their part, and George Springer will have to be healthy as well.
They’ve signed two big name free agents in back-to-back seasons. The Jays brought in one of the best pitchers in the majors, and then one of the better and most consistent bats. They should continue to get better. Hyun Jin Ryu is scheduled to get the call in the season finale on Sunday, while Matt Harvey counters for the O’s. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Orioles pick on June 20, 2021.
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This looks like one heck of a pitching matchup. Matt Harvey is lucky there are teams desperate for a starting pitcher, because he isn’t in major league form any longer. The Orioles have him in the rotation as a filler during a rebuilding season. Nobody wants Harvey, but he’s a cheap option for the Orioles to plug in there.
Harvey has been getting dismantled this season, as he enters Sunday afternoon with an ERA of 7.76 and 1.72 WHIP. Harvey has gotten throttled for a 12.54 ERA and 2.14 WHIP in his last three performances. In his last 6.1 innings on the bump, Harvey conceded 14 hits and 12 earned runs. Harvey has allowed at least 5 earned runs in five of his last six games.
I don’t see how anyone has confidence in Harvey at this point. He’s getting drilled with little command or velocity on his pitches. The Blue Jays should be able to hit Harvey hard and make it yet another miserable performance for him. Ryu hasn’t been in the best of form recently, no doubt, but Harvey has been on another level of terrible.
Overall, Ryu has a 3.43 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. In his last three outings, Ryu has netted a 6.11 ERA and 1.42 WHIP for some shabby results. Prior to this stretch, though, he didn’t give up more than 2 earned runs in four straight performances. Ryu has been solid versus the Orioles, as they’re hitting .252 with 1 home run against Ryu in 45 at-bats. With Harvey on the bump, expect Ryu to receive more than enough run support in this one. I like the Blue Jays by at least 2 runs.