Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 4/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (7-7) at Baltimore Orioles (8-2)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
R Dickey (1-2) (6.75) vs. U Jimenez
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +100 / Toronto Blue Jays -110
The Toronto Blue Jays look for their fourth win in a row on Wednesday night as they continue their series at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles.
It’s very difficult for any pitcher to keep Toronto sluggers Jose Bautista,Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson in check, but Ubaldo Jimenez seems to have found the formula.
Jimenez looks to continue his effectiveness against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night as the Baltimore Orioles try to rebound from their first home loss.
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The Blue Jays started the series on a high note last night as they outlasted a hard hitting Orioles side and got their ace Marcus Stroman another victory, which made it three wins in a row and head into Wednesday night looking to move two games clear of the .500 mark. Toronto hasn’t quite hit their stride yet and there is much concern with the offensive play of Russell Martin who has been on a cold streak to start the year and will be relegated to the DH spot at best with RA Dickey tossing in this one and Josh Thole setting up shop behind the plate. The Blue Jays are a very weak 6-15 in their last 21 starts by Dickey against the AL East but are 13-6 in their last 19 starts overall with the knuckleballer on the bump so we could very well see an improvement in both of those trends that favour the reigning AL East champions.
The Orioles meanwhile got off to a red hot start to the season and are still a very impressive 8-3 on the season and will look to get back in the win column against one of their main competitors standing between them and a potential playoff spot this season. Baltimore has a pretty high octane offense, much like the Blue Jays do, and while both teams are able to hit the cover off the ball it is the Jays that seem to have more situational, and contact bats than do the Orioles as their strikeout rate is a cause for concern. The Jays are always a tough team to figure out when Dickey takes the mound as even on his best days where the ball is dancing all over it doesn’t correlate into success for the team and now with Ubaldo Jimenez slated to take the bump the O’s could be in a good spot to get the win here.