Orioles Host the Jays on Monday Night

Baltimore Orioles Baseball

Orioles and Jays Just Try to Keep up in AL East

The fans at Camden Yards will see the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles when they take their seats on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm EST. Sportsnet (Toronto), MASN2 (Baltimore) will carry the game.

Oddsmakers opened the Orioles as -133-moneyline favorites versus the Blue Jays, while the game’s total opened at 8.5. The line now is Baltimore as -113-moneyline favorites. The total is not at 7.5 Over -115.

The Blue Jays will pin their hopes on the pitching of left hander J.A. Happ in this game. Happ has a 1-1 record and a 5.40 ERA this season. He struck out nine batters in his last outing against the Chicago White Sox. Happ allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Happ is 4-6 with a 3.45 ERA in 15 appearances against Baltimore. 14 of those appearances have been starts. He also has gone 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA at Camden Yards.

The Orioles will send out Dylan Bundy. Bundy has a 0.69 ERA to go along with a 0-0 record this season. He is off to a strong start, allowing one run in 13 innings. Bundy has struck out 15 and walked three batters this season.

Bundy has been dominant against Toronto. He has gone 3-0 with a 0.76 ERA in seven appearances, including three starts.

Rugged AL East Will Require Explosive Offenses

Both teams are playing well lately. The Orioles won three of four games against the  New York Yankees in New York. The Orioles weekend included two extra inning wins. The Blue Jays took two of three against the Texas Rangers.

The Blue Jays’ offense has gotten a boost from Yangervis Solarte. The kid had another two hits Sunday and is batting .308.

The Orioles hope to get Chris Davis back in the lineup. He missed the series finale against the Yankees with an illness. Davis has struggled so far this season and is batting .100.

Mark Trumbo is also progressing after starting the season on the DL with a quad strain. He will play first base at extended spring training Monday and hopes to be back soon.

Baltimore LF Trey Mancini has answered a slow start by going 6-for-19 in his last four games.

Baltimore has won 12 of the 19 meetings between the teams in 2017.

Blue Jays DH Kendrys Morales, who belted a three-run homer on Sunday, went deep four times versus the Orioles last season.

 

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