The Baltimore Orioles host the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday in the first game of a three-game series. These are the two worst teams in the AL East as the Orioles are 49-101 while the Blue Jays are 59-91. Right-hander Trent Thornton (5-9) gets the start for the Blue Jays while right-hander Dylan Bundy (6-14) goes for the Orioles. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Eastern at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
Blue Jays take 2 of 3 from Yankees
The Toronto Blue Jays are actually playing pretty good baseball right now. They are coming off back-to-back series wins against the Red Sox and Yankees. They took 2 of 3 from Boston and followed that up winning 2 of 3 from the Yankees. Not bad for a team that’s 59-91 and 38.5 games out of first place in the AL East. Randal Grichuk powered the Jays to a 6-4 win over the Yankees on Sunday. Grichuk hit two home runs and had 4 RBIs on the day. Bo Bichette went 2 for 4 while Billy McKinney and Richard Urena each had RBIs. T.J. Zeuch got the win in relief while Ken Giles earned his 20th save.
The Blue Jays offense has not been good. They average 4.4 runs per game, which is 24th in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .235, which is 30th in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .423, which is 22nd. They are 11th in home runs. Lourdes Gurriel leads the team batting .283 with 19 HRs and 47 RBIs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is batting .269 with 15 home runs and 69 RBIs. Randal Grichuk leads the team with 28 home runs and 71 RBIs.
The Blue Jays pitching has not been great. They have a team ERA of 4.70, which is 2oth in the MLB. They have a WHIP of 1.42, which is 23rd in the league. Trent Thornton gets the start on Tuesday. The right-hander is 5-9 with an ERA of 5.04. Thornton won his last outing, allowing 0 runs in 5 innings to beat Boston.
Orioles moving onward and upward
The Baltimore Orioles are in the middle of their tour of the basement of the American League. This past weekend they took on the Detroit Tigers, who are in last place in the AL Central. Today, they begin a 3-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays, who are ahead of them in fourth place in the AL East, just ahead of them, and this coming weekend they take on the Seattle Mariners, who are in last place in the AL West. They’ll be looking to improve upon their 49-101 record, after taking 2 of 3 from the Tigers. They’ve already surpassed last year’s win total of 48, so it’s onward and upward!
The Orioles offense is actually not terrible. They average 4.4 runs per game, which is 23rd in the league. They have a team batting average of .246, which is 22nd, and they have a slugging percentage of .412, which is 24th in baseball. They are 23rd in home runs. Hanser Alberto leads the Orioles batting .318 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs. Renato Nunez has 82 RBIs along with 29 home runs and a batting average of .249. Trey Mancini leads the team with 30 home runs, along with 83 RBIs and a .278 batting average.
The Orioles pitching truly is terrible. They have a team ERA of 5.75, which is 30th in the MLB. They have a team WHIP of 1.47, which is 28th in the league. Dylan Bundy gets the start on Tuesday. The right-hander is 6-14 with an ERA of 4.99. Last time out, Bundy was decent against the Dodgers, allowing just 2 earned runs in 5.2 innings in a loss.
- Orioles are 17-35 in their last 52 Tuesday games.
- Orioles are 32-73 in their last 105 games on grass.
- Orioles are 24-55 in their last 79 home games.
- Orioles are 100-234 in their last 334 overall.
- Orioles are 17-45 in their last 62 vs. American League East.
- Orioles are 3-10 in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Orioles are 18-63 in their last 81 during game 1 of a series.
- Blue Jays are 8-3 in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.