3:07 pm
September 17

Orioles @ Blue Jays

Who will WIN this matchup?

Baltimore Orioles (75-68)

@ Toronto Blue Jays (82-63)


Starting Pitchers:

Bradish (BAL): 3-6; 5.01 ERA

Berrios (TOR) 10-5; 5.07 ERA


Current odds:

Baltimore Orioles: (+143)

Toronto Blue Jays: (-167)


The starting line-up for the Orioles is as follows:

Orioles at Blue Jays | O's Starting Lineup | MASN | 3:07 p.m. First Pitch

CF - Mullins
C - Rutschman
RF - Santander
1B - Mountcastle
SS - Henderson
LF - Vavra
2B - Odor
3B - Urías
DH - Stowers
P - Bradish

Photo features Vavra on the top step of the dugout leaning on his knee and holding his bat.

The starting line-up for the Blue Jays is as follows:

Blue Jays lineup against the Orioles on September 17: CF Springer, DH Guerrero Jr., SS Bichette, 3B Chapman, RF Hernández, LF Tapia, C Jansen, 1B Biggio, 2B Espinal, SP Berríos (pictured). First pitch: 3:07pm ET.

After winning the opener with a bullpen game, the Toronto Blue Jays will start right-hander Jose Berrios for the middle game of their series against the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays (82-63) used seven pitchers on Friday night in their 6-3 victory over the Orioles (75-68) that opened a three-game set. Struggling lefty Yusei Kikuchi (5-7) blew a fifth-inning lead and allowed two runs in two innings but still picked up the win.

Matt Chapman had two home runs and three RBIs while going 3-for-4 and George Springer added a three-run homer for the Blue Jays.

The Orioles, who got home runs from Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson, did not lose ground as they hold flickering hopes for an American League wild-card spot. While they fell six games behind the Blue Jays, who sit in the top wild-card position, they remain 4 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays (80-64), who hold the third and final wild-card spot.

The Orioles and Blue Jays are even at 7-7 in their season series that has five games remaining, including a three-game set that ends the season Oct. 3-5 in Baltimore.

Berrios (10-5, 5.07 ERA) is a stellar 7-0 with a 3.05 ERA in 10 career starts against Baltimore. He is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts vs. the Orioles this year. The win came on Sept. 5, when he tossed six-plus innings and gave up three runs, two earned.

The Orioles will start right-hander Kyle Bradish (3-6, 5.01 ERA), who is 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in his four starts against the Blue Jays, all this season.

Baltimore right-hander Jordan Lyles, who allowed four runs in five innings on Friday, added, “We’ve got what we want in front of us. This is just one loss. The end of the season’s upon us, and each game means just that much more, but we have a chance to win the series.”

While the Orioles are trying to catch a wild-card spot in a last desperate attempt, the Blue Jays are one game in front of the Seattle Mariners (80-63) and 1 1/2 games up on the Rays.

Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said that he is not concerned about the strength of schedule that each contender has down the stretch. The Mariners appear to be facing the easiest slate among the wild-card contenders.

Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1-or-4 Friday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in which he has gone 13-for-44 (.295) with four doubles, a homer and three RBIs.

Toronto shortstop Bo Bichette, who finished 1-for-4 on Friday, has reached base safely in all 16 games this month, batting .471 (32-for-68) with nine doubles, a triple, seven homers and 22 RBIs.

Chapman socked his 25th and 26th home runs of the season on Friday, his first since Aug. 20, ending a season-worst, 25-game homer drought.

StreakSmarter Pick
Toronto Blue Jays