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Blue Jays Open Second Half Versus Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays Look to Start 2nd Half Strong

The Toronto Blue Jays (43-52, minus-8.64 betting units) return from the All-Star break this Friday when they host the Baltimore Orioles (28-69, minus-37.16 units). This is a battle of the two worst teams in the American League East.

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, MASN (Baltimore), Sportsnet (Toronto) ODDS: Blue Jays -155 on moneyline, total is 9u -125.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (6-9, 4.35 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 4.58).

The Baltimore Orioles begin life without All-Star shortstop Manny Machado. Machado was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday in exchange for five minor leaguers.

It ended an era that saw that the 26-year-old amass 162 homers and nearly 1,000 hits. He played six-plus seasons with the Orioles.

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It’s been a rough season for Toronto. At least they’ve made a profit with Sam Gaviglio on the mound. He’s got the Jays up 1.76 betting units this year on a team record of 5-4. The Over is at 5-3-1. Gaviglio has made it to the fifth inning only once in his last seven starts.

There will be extra pressure on Toronto’s bullpen to get the job done Friday. That bullpen ranks No. 15 overall in the majors with a 3.89 ERA.

Dylan Bundy is expected to pitch for the Orioles in his third start back from the disabled list. The O’s are 7-10 behind Bundy this year for a loss of 3.64 units. That includes back-to-back drubbings since his return from a sprained left ankle.

Bundy was pulled early in both those losses. It left Baltimore’s No. 20-ranked bullpen (4.32 ERA) to clean up after him.

Toronto outscored Baltimore 27-11 while sweeping four straight at home when the teams last met in June.

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