Toronto Blue Jays vs Baltimore Orioles – 08/28/20 MLB Picks, Odds and Prediction


The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays meet in MLB action Friday from Sahlen Field.

This will be the first part of a four-game set between these teams this week. The Orioles come out of a series against the Rays. Baltimore lost the first two games of this series 4-2 and 4-3. Thursday’s game has been postponed. As for the Blue Jays, they played the Red Sox this week. Toronto divided the first two games 9-7 (loss) and 9-1 (win). Thursday’s game has been postponed. Check back all season for free MLB picks and MLB predictions on Sports Chat Place.


The Orioles have brought a few guys to plate so far this year, but not enough for a consistent offense. Anthony Santander has surged so far with 10 home runs, 28 RBIs, 11 doubles and 21 runs averaging .279. Hanser Alberto reached .311 with 22 runs, 38 hits, two homers, 12 doubles and 13 RBIs for Baltimore as well.

It looks like southpaw John Means will take the hill for the Orioles on Friday. This season, Means is 0-2 over four starts, with a 10.13 ERA and eight strikeouts over 10.7 innings. Last season Means finished 12-11 with a 3.60 ERA and 121 km in 155.0 innings.

On the Blue Jays’ side, they’ve posted a good hitting group this season, and a few guys have had good campaigns so far. Teoscar Hernandez leads the team with 11 home runs, 19 RBIs, 19 runs and a .294 batting average. Cavan Biggio hits .275 with six homers, 16 RBIs, 25 runs and 30 hits.

The Blue Jays will send Hyun-Jin Ryu to start on Friday. In six starts this season, Ryu is 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 31.0 innings. Last year, Ryu went 14-5 with the Dodgers on a 2.32 ERA.

The Orioles are 23-49 in their last 72 games on Friday and 55-120 in their last 175 games as an underdog on the road. Baltimore is 58-132 in its last 190 road games and 22-52 in its last 74 games against the American League East.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 6-1 in their last seven turf games and 8-3 in their last 11 games. Toronto is 5-2 in its last seven games on Friday and under 4-1-1 in the Blue Jays’ last six games overall.

To choose: I lean the Blue Jays. Having said that, it’s going to be weird. The pitcher’s late calls here are going to make it difficult to determine what kind of play we might have, so we’re just going to use what we know, and that’s offense. Toronto has simply been better at scoring, hitting and all that fun stuff this season, and has displayed deeper training than Baltimore. Unless the Orioles get some great shooting performance here, I don’t see them calling.

Late, with Ryu and Means, it seems more in favor of the Blue Jays. Stay with Toronto here.

The choice in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a consensus of the Sports Chat Place site.


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