In today’s MLB betting guide, the Toronto Blue Jays look to continue their heater against the Baltimore Orioles, while the Boston Red Sox hope to stay hot against the last-place Oakland Athletics.
Toronto Blue Jays (-275) vs Baltimore Orioles (+220)
The Blue Jays held on and won yesterday’s game against the Orioles in extra innings after a comeback by Baltimore off the bat of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He and the rest of the Blue Jays have been hammering the ball and look seemingly unstoppable offensively. As for the Orioles, Adley Rutschman hit his first home run while Ryan Mountcastle stayed hot with two home runs. The Blue Jays now have 10 more wins on the season than the Orioles with a much better home record than the Orioles have on the road.
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As for pitching, Blue Jays’ starter Kevin Gausman has been much better than his ERA (earned run average) dictates. He has a 2.67 ERA but his FIP (fielding independent pitching) is 1.76. He gives up next to no home runs and walks very few batters. He will be a tough pitcher for the Orioles to go up against as they already rank 23rd in hits per game and 25th in runs. The Blue Jays get to face a young pitcher in Tyler Wells who has been shielded by the team defense when he’s been on the mound. He doesn’t strike out very many batters and doesn’t tend to go very deep into games. The Blue Jays should be able to take advantage of how their batters have been on fire. Take the Blues Jays and over (O8.5, -105).
Boston Red Sox (-165) vs Oakland Athletics (+140)
This matchup between the Red Sox and Athletics seems much more mismatched than it would appear. The Red Sox have won three in a row and are 8-2 in their past 10 games while the Athletics have lost three in a row and are 1-9 in their past 10. They are also in last place in the MLB and tied with the fewest number of wins.
The Athletics’ starter Paul Blackburn has broken out this season and been very solid for the team. He may not strike out the most batters, but he’s been very efficient in limiting the long ball and done well at walking few batters. He is coming off of a stellar outing where he went eight scoreless innings but allowed four runs in each of his previous appearances before that. The Red Sox will throw Rich Hill on the mound and hope for one of his better starts. He has been somewhat inconsistent but is coming off of two consecutive solid starts. He also won’t give the Red Sox a ton of innings per start, but the bats have been able to handle the run differential lately as the team has surged to a wildcard spot. Take the Red Sox in this one as the Athletics still don’t look very good with their best pitcher on the mound while taking the under (U9.5, -110).
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