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GDB 62.0: Blue Jays look for the series split against the Orioles

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson (2) congratulates first baseman Ryan Mountcastle (6) on his three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Rogers Centre.
Photo credit:John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Ryley Delaney
1 month ago
The Toronto Blue Jays have an opportunity to split the season series with the Orioles.
On Wednesday, the Blue Jays defeated the Orioles via a walk-off single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Although he’s a mediocre hitter, he’s quickly becoming liked by numerous Jays’ fans, as he’s slashing .268/.313/.391 with four homers in 193 plate appearances for a 103 wRC+.
Kiner-Falefa has been an above average defender at third base, shortstop, second base and has a 1.2 fWAR two months into the season because of it.
One free agent signing who hasn’t had a great go of things since the start of the season is designated hitter Justin Turner. Since April 25, he’s slashing .160/.226/.255 with two homers in 115 plate appearances.
However, he had a three-hit performance on Wednesday, which included his 1,500th career-hit. Hopefully, things can turn around for the 39-year-old, but expect Daniel Vogelbach to fill in against right-handed pitchers.
The past two games have seen the Jays at the top of their rotation. On Wednesday, José Berríos pitched and finished with a line of 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K to bring his season ERA to 2.80. Yusei Kikuchi starts on Thursday.
Enough good things can’t be said about Yimi García, who struck out two in a clean inning pitched on Wednesday to bring his season ERA to 1.50. The Blue Jays will get a haul if they decide to sell off expiring free agents at the end of the season.

Location: Rogers Centre
First Pitch: 1:07 PM ET
TV & Radio: Sportsnet

Starting Pitchers

Toronto – LHP Yusei Kikuchi: 12 GS, 2-5 record, 3.66 ERA, 66.1 IP, 65 SO, 14 BB, 6 HR
Baltimore – LHP Cade Povich, 1 GS, 0-0 record, 7.36 ERA, 3.2 IP, 2 SO, 3 BB, 1 HR

Lineups:

Blue Jays:
  • Davis Schneider LF
  • Danny Jansen C
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B
  • Bo Bichette SS
  • George Springer RF
  • Justin Turner DH
  • Daulton Varsho CF
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa 2B
  • Ernie Clement 3B
Orioles:
  • Jordan Westburg 3B
  • Adley Rutschman DH
  • Ryan Mountcastle 1B
  • Gunnar Henderson SS
  • Anthony Santander RF
  • Austin Hays LF
  • Connor Norby 2B
  • James McCann C
  • Colton Cowser CF

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