Series Preview: Orioles continue AL East road trip in Toronto

TORONTO — After winning just their third road series of the season (and their first in two months), the Orioles are heading to Toronto for a three-game series against the Blue Jays. Both teams enjoyed a day off on Monday, and will compete Tuesday-Thursday with all three games beginning at 7:07 pm.

The Blue Jays return to the Rogers Centre after a 3-4 road trip. Over the weekend, the Kansas City Royals took two of three from the Jays.

Standings Update: Both of these teams still have plenty of time to regroup before the All-Star Break, but they sit in the cellar of the American League East. The Orioles (37-38) man the fourth-place slot, and the Jays (36-39) the fifth. The Yankees (41-33) and the Red Sox (42-34) are tied for first, and the Rays (40-38) are next in line. Baltimore is 4.5 games out of first, and Toronto 5.5

Season Series vs. Blue Jays: So far this season, the Orioles own a 7-2 edge against the Blue Jays. The two teams have tangled in three separate series so far in 2017, with two of them taking place at Camden Yards and one at the Rogers Centre. The Orioles are 3-1 in Canada so far this season, having played four games there in April.

Game Times and Pitching Matchups: 

Game 1Tuesday, June 27, 7:07 pm – Kevin Gausman (3-7, 6.47 ERA) vs. Joe Biagini (2-6, 4.45 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan.

Game 2Wednesday, June 28, 7:07 pm – Wade Miley (3-5, 4.48 ERA) vs. Marcus Stroman (7-4, 3.69 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan.

Game 3: Thursday, June 29, 7:07 pm – Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3, 7.26 ERA) vs. TBD – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan.

Notes on the Orioles:

  • So far in June, reliever Mychal Givens has allowed just one run on nine hits, one walk, and 10 strikeouts. His June stat line includes eight appearances for 10 total innings.
  • Also in June, Trey Mancini is batting .365 with 31 hits, seven home runs, and 19 RBI. He has the highest batting average on the team by far (.321), followed by Jonathan Schoop at .295.
  • As of Monday night, the Orioles pitching staff’s 409 allowed runs leads the MLB. Baltimore has leads the league with 292 walks.
  • The team expects closer Zach Britton to be activated off the 60-day disabled list on July 5. He is currently working a rehab assignment in Double-A Bowie, but will pitch at both Class-A Fredrick and Triple-A Norfolk before returning to the big leagues.

Notes on the Blue Jays: 

  • First baseman Justin Smoak’s hitting streak is now in the double digit mark at 10 games, with one hit in his last four games. He leads the team in batting average (.304), home runs (20), RBI (48) and slugging (.588).
  • Outfielder Kevin Pillar has a .311 career batting average against the O’s, with 61 hits, 11 doubles, five home runs, and 20 RBI.
  • As a starter (9 starts), Biagini is 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA. In relief, his role at the beginning of the season, he was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA.

Up Next: Following Thursday’s contest, the Orioles head home for a three-game set against the Rays. The home cooking won’t last long, because after that the O’s leave Baltimore again for seven games (three in Milwaukee, four in Minneapolis) before the All-Star break.

Image Credit: The Baltimore Wire

 

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