GDB 110.0: Toronto Blue Jays seek series split with Baltimore Orioles

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Zach Laing
11 months ago
The Toronto Blue Jays have a chance to do something they haven’t all season: split a series with the Baltimore Orioles.
It’s the closest they’ve been to any modicum of success against the AL East-leading club this season. And for the Jays, it comes a day after another strong performance from Yusei Kikcuhi.
He went six innings allowing just one earned run off six hits while issuing one walk as his ERA improved to 3.67. Simply put: he is helping the Jays win games in a big way.
Today, it’s Kevin Gausman taking the mound for the Jays, as the O’s debut deadline acquisition Jack Flaherty.
It’s not the first time the Jays have seen a new acquisition on the opposing mound. Last Friday, the LA Angels trotted out Lucas Giolito for his debut with the club, but the Jays got to him scoring three earned runs off six hits chasing him from the game after five and a third innings.
Can they do it again this afternoon?

First pitch: 3:07 p.m EST —Sportsnet, Sportsnet 650.
Toronto Blue Jays: 59-49, 7.5 GB, – WCGB, +41 DIFF.
Baltimore Orioles: 66-41, – GB, – WCGB, +60 DIFF.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -122; BAL +105.
Series Bets:
Blue Jays to win the series +120
Series correct score 3-1 Toronto: +200
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Kevin Gausman RHP – 8-5, 21 GS, 127.2 IP. 3.10 ERA, 134 ERA+, 2.82 FIP, 1.128 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 12.1 SO/9.
BAL: Jack Flaherty RHP – 7-6, 20 GS, 109.2 IP. 4.43 ERA, 97 ERA+, 4.22 FIP, 1.550 WHIP, 4.4 BB/9, 8.7 SO/9.
  1. W Merrifield (R) 2B
  2. B Belt (L) DH
  3. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  4. G Springer (R) RF
  5. M Chapman (R) 3B
  6. A Kirk (R) C
  7. D Varsho (L) LF
  8. P DeJong (R) SS
  9. K Kiermaier (L) CF
  1. A Rutschman (S) C
  2. G Henderson (L) SS
  3. A Santander (S) DH
  4. R O’Hearn (L) RF
  5. R Mountcastle (R) 1B
  6. A Frazier (L) 2B
  7. A Hays (R) LF
  8. R Urías (R) 3B
  9. R McKenna (R) CF

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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