Orioles at Blue Jays Fantasy Betting Match Preview

Two AL East rivals meet up to begin the unofficial second half of the MLB season on July 20. Both the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays are far outside of the playoff picture and could soon start to sell off their valuable pieces to contenders.

Pitching matchup

Dylan Bundy (6-9, 4.35 ERA) has had an up-and-down season. Recently, it has been mostly down. He went on the DL with an ankle injury following a decent start against the Braves in late June. He has made two starts since then, throwing 7.1 total innings and allowing 11 runs on 14 hits, five strikeouts and five walks.

Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 4.58 ERA) is with his third big league team in two years. The 28-year-old has settled into a role in the Toronto rotation. However, don’t expect him to stick around very long. His last three outings have all fallen short of five innings.

Better play: Bundy

The Orioles ace will be working off of extra rest. In the three other starts he has made this season with more than six days of rest, he is 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA.

Who should start

  • Jonathan Schoop’s bat is finally coming alive. He has a hit in all but one game this month, and with Manny Machado likely headed out of town, many of the RBI chances could fall to the second baseman.
  • Justin Smoak was hitting well heading into the All-Star break. He had four home runs in the last week of the first half, and has success (3-for-8) in limited at-bats against Bundy.

Who should sit

  • Trey Mancini is experiencing more than a simple slump. This has been a flat out awful season for the Orioles left fielder. He has three hits in all of July despite playing nearly everyday. Drop him.
  • Devon Travis has given reason to believe that he may be worth owning again, but he has trouble against the Baltimore hurler (1-for-7, three strikeouts).

Prediction

Blue Jays to win, Baltimore is the worst road team in baseball and may trade away their best player (Machado) prior to the start of the series. Toronto, meanwhile, does a nice job playing at home.

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