The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays open a four game set tonight at the Rogers Centre as both teams look to gain ground on AL East leaders New York and Boston. This evening’s series opener between the two division rivals is scheduled to get underway at 7:07pm ET. MLB Picks and Odds at offshore bookmaker Sportsbook.ag have the hosting Blue Jays listed as a -130 money line favorite and the Over/Under set at nine runs. Baltimore is drawing +120 money line odds ($100 wins $120) to win tonight’s game.
Baltimore concluded an eight game home stand last night with a 6-3 series clinching win against the Yankees. The victory did not produce a winning home stand, though, as the Orioles dropped six of the eight games to bring their record to 25-21 overall.
Baltimore, a 14-9 road team, will chase its third straight win tonight with rookie hurler Kevin Gausman on the hill. Gausman, who is taking a spot on the Orioles injury decimated rotation, will make his major league debut after posting a 2-4 record with a 3.11 ERA in eight starts for the AA Bowie Baysox.
The Blue Jays secured a series win over the Rays last night with a 4-3 extra innings victory at the Rodger Centre. Toronto, which is in the midst of a nine game home stand, brought its record to 19-27 with the win, but it still trails the first place Yankees by nine games in the AL East standings.
The mercurial Brandon Morrow gets the call for the Jays tonight as he looks for his second win of the season. Morrow owns electric ‘stuff’ but he has seldom produced good results on the mound throughout his six year career.
Morrow’s 2013 campaign has been another disappointment, at least to this point, as evidenced by his 1-3 record (eight starts), 5.16 ERA, and 1.46 WHIP. The 28 year old right hander, who gave up three hits and three earned runs (6.1 innings pitched) in a 6-5 April win at Camden Yards, is coming off an ugly outing at New York. Morrow yielded seven hits and five earned runs over five innings in a 2-7 loss to the Yankees.
MLB Picks Betting Trend: The Orioles are 5-1 this season as a road dog when the game total is set at nine runs (Under 4-1-1 in those same six games).
MLB Picks Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays:
Baltimore Orioles +1.5 (-170), Over 9 (-110), +120 (Moneyline)
Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 (+150), Under 9 (-110), -130 (Moneyline)
Baseball Betting Tips from Chuck Edel & Johnny Detroit
Chuck Edel is a well respected gambler / handicapper who appears on numerous radio shows and is frequently featured in the Las Vegas Review Journal. He sits down with Johnny Detroit and goes over some of his personal MLB betting tips.
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