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Blue Jays Enter AL Wild Card Game as Betting Favorites

Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have been pegged as the -150 moneyline favorite for Tuesday as they play host to the Baltimore Orioles (+135 moneyline), in the American League Wild Card Game matchup at the Rogers Centre, with the winner moving on to face the Texas Rangers in this week’s ALDS. The total is set at 8.5 runs.

Toronto and Baltimore finished in a dead heat in the standings with records of 89-73, with the Blue Jays holding the slight 10-9 advantage in the season series and therefore getting to host the Wild Card Game on Tuesday night. Both teams just locked up postseason berths Sunday.

Stroman Gets the Ball

The Blue Jays will hand the ball to Marcus Stroman on Tuesday night, with the righthander coming off a loss to the Orioles in his most recent trip to the mound last Thursday. Stroman gave up four runs on nine hits over seven innings in that outing, a 4-0 victory for Baltimore.

Stroman faced the Orioles four times during the regular season, with the Blue Jays winning just one of those games. Back on April 19 the Blue Jays picked up a 4-3 win in Baltimore as Stroman allowed three runs in seven innings of work; on June 9 and June 19; however, the righthander allowed 11 runs over nine combined innings in a pair of losses to the Orioles.

On the season Stroman went 9-10 with a 4.37 ERA, and he’s 0-5 with three no-decisions in his last eight trips to the mound. Stroman’s most recent win came on August 14 vs. Houston.

The Orioles will counter with Chris Tillman on Tuesday night, with the righthander having settled for a no-decision against the Blue Jays last Wednesday when he allowed just two runs (one earned) on six hits over 5 2-3 innings of work in a 3-2 Baltimore victory. Baltimore went 4-0 in Tillman’s four starts against Toronto on the season, and he carries a 16-6 record with a 3.77 ERA into Tuesday’s matchup. Tillman, though, has just two wins in his last nine starts.

Baltimore sits at +1000 with Toronto at +475 on the odds to win the AL Pennant heading into the postseason, with the Rangers and the Boston Red Sox the co-favorites at +200 over the Cleveland Indians (+375). Boston leads all the AL teams at +525 on the World Series odds.

 

*Odds as of October 4, 2016

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