So far this season, the Baltimore Orioles have a record of 6-3 against the Blue Jays.
For what it’s worth, the Blue Jays are all that stands between the Orioles and the third AL Wild Card spot. With 10 games left on the schedule against Toronto, things can get very interesting.
This series against the Jays begins on Labor Day Monday with a single-admission doubleheader. Mike Baumann has been added as the 29th man, and he will start the first game of the day.
Baumann will be followed by Jordan Lyles in game two, Kyle Bradish in game three and Dean Kremer in game four.
For the Blue Jays, they will be sending out an old friend in Kevin Gausman, José Berríos, Mitch White and Alek Manoah.
The O’s have played Toronto extremely well this year, especially at home. A big part of this has come from really good pitching and a few hot bats.
In order to remain successful against Toronto, the pitching staff must continue to hold down the powerful Jays lineup. Limiting damage from players like Bo Bichette, Teoscar Hernández, and Vlad Guerrero Jr. is pivotal.
The Baltimore Battery ❌️-FACTOR for this series is a little different. For the second straight series, it is Ryan Mountcastle.
It is no secret that Mountcastle has completely owned the Blue Jays in his career. He has a slash line of .336/.395/.694 and a OPS of 1.089 in 34 games against Toronto.
On top of him being dominant against this team, he is also getting hot right at the same time. A fiery Mounty bat could be the perfect spark plug to push the Orioles into a good series over this Blue Jays club.
Oh, the giveaway for the first game Monday is also a Ryan Mountcastle t-shirt. Coincidence? I think not.
As we noted earlier, Mike Baumann has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk as the 29th man for today’s doubleheader.
Also, the Orioles have recalled Beau Sulser from Norfolk and optioned Rico Garcia, who pitched in last night’s loss to Oakland.
GAME 1 STARTING LINEUP:
This series kicks off Monday at 1:05 p.m. EST. You can catch each game on MASN or on your local Orioles Radio Network station.
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