MLB Odds: Orioles vs. Blue Jays prediction, odds and pick – 8/17/2022
On Wednesday afternoon in Toronto, the three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays will come to an end. With that said, now is a good time to look at our MLB odds series, which includes the prediction and pick for the Orioles-Blue Jays game that we have provided below.
After the All-Star break, Baltimore has continued to shine, and their 61-55 record has them just one game shy of a playoff berth. The lineup has performed just enough to keep the team in the hunt, while the bullpen has been spectacular. As summer transitions into fall, Baltimore’s supporters have something to celebrate at last.
Toronto hasn’t quite lived up to the high expectations set in the preseason. By barely a half-game over Baltimore, Toronto holds the final Wild Card slot with a record of 61-54. This club appeared to have gained some momentum under the new management, but a 2-8 run has them clinging to a playoff spot.
These MLB odds between the Orioles and Blue Jays are provided by FanDuel.
MLB Odds: Baltimore Orioles +1.5 versus Toronto Blue Jays (-142)
Blue Jays of Toronto: -1.5 (+118)
Over: 8.5 (-120)
Under: 8.5 (-102)
The Orioles’ Potential to cover the spread
One of the league’s most entertaining teams is Baltimore. This team was not expected to perform at this level, yet here they are, poised for contention. Today’s game will be opened by Austin Voth, who was selected in June off the waiver wire. With a 3.21 ERA in 13 outings since moving to Baltimore, Voth has been reliable (9 starts). Voth has a 3.22 ERA in his 9 starts so far this year. Only 6.6% of the hitters Voth has faced this season have been walked. Despite having the most innings worked in the league, Baltimore’s bullpen is still third in the league with an ERA of 3.05. With a 100 mph fastball and a deadly splitter, Felix Bautista has taken over as closer, saving 7 games while pitching to a 1.62 ERA. Cionel Perez, who appeared out of nowhere, has a 1.11 ERA in 40.2 innings of pitching. Dillon Tate, who has a 2.44 ERA in 55.1 innings, has been a superb setup man.
Anthony Santander, the team’s offensive leader with 20 home runs and 61 RBI, leads the offence. Both categories are closely followed by Ryan Mountcastle, who has 57 RBI and 16 home runs. Jorge Mateo and Cedric Mullins are impressive since they have each hit 11 home runs and have stolen 27 and 25 bases, respectively. With 211 doubles, Baltimore is tied for sixth, and with 72 stolen bases, they are tied for ninth. Star rookie catcher Adley Rutschman has hit 23 doubles and has a.358 on-base percentage in just 69 games.
The Blue Jays’ Chances of Covering the Spread
The good news is that Toronto’s offence is still deadly. The bad news is that Toronto hasn’t had much luck lately. Six Blue Jays players have hit at least ten home runs, led by Matt Chapman’s 23 and Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s 25. The teenage catcher Alejandro Kirk has appeared in 102 games while hitting.296 with 12 home runs and more walks than strikeouts. The future title catcher is almost in Kirk’s grasp. Toronto is now seventh in the league with 147 home runs, and they are tied for fourth with 215 doubles. Simply put, this offensive is so potent that it is difficult to imagine them staying down for very long.
In this match, Ross Stripling will have the ball and will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak. With a 3.16 ERA in 23 games, 15 of which he started, Stripling has made 23 appearances. Stripling has a 3.01 ERA in 15 starts, walking nine hitters in 71.2 innings. The 4.5% walk rate for Stripling, which places him in the 94th percentile in the league, is astounding. With a 3.80 ERA, Toronto’s bullpen is merely ordinary, placing 14th in the league. Jordan Romano, a closer, has been outstanding, posting a 2.51 ERA and 26 saves in 43 innings