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Blue Jays enter weekend series against Orioles as heavy favourites

Blue Jays continue electric September run with all the world's momentum, moxie

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The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to continue their climb up the AL wild card standings when they open a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night as -250 road favourites on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The team travels to Baltimore riding high after opening its current eight-game road trip with a four-game sweep in New York that leaves them just a half-game back of the Yankees in the race for the second AL wild card going into Friday night’s matchup at Camden Yards.

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The Blue Jays have emerged as the hottest team in the league since the start of September. The team has tallied eight straight victories while winning 11 of 12 overall, including six straight on the road. While Toronto’s surge still leaves it trailing the first-place Tampa Bay Rays by 10.5 games in the AL East, it has lifted the team to +1800 on the AL Pennant odds.

An offensive revival has been key to the Blue Jays’ recent success. Toronto hitters have averaged almost 7.4 runs per game during their current 8-0 run. However, with the Blue Jays surrendering just eight total runs during their four-game sweep of the Yankees, it is the UNDER that is enjoying a 4-1 surge at online betting sites.

Another stingy performance could be in store on Friday night as starting pitcher Robbie Ray takes the mound for Toronto gunning for a fourth straight victory. The 29-year-old southpaw has been simply spectacular during his current win streak, surrendering just 10 total hits while allowing just three total earned runs. Ray now sits among the AL leaders in wins, ERA, and strikeouts, and opened the month trailing only Yankees hurler Gerrit Cole as a +350 wager on the Cy Young Award odds.

That’s bad news for the struggling Orioles, who enter Friday’s series opener as lengthy +195 home underdogs. Baltimore tumbled further into the AL East basement with a 6-0 loss to the visiting Kansas City Royals on Thursday night, ending a two-game win streak. The Orioles did Toronto a favour by taking two of three from the Yankees in New York last week, and sport a respectable 4-2 record over their past six outings. The team is also 4-5 in its past nine dates at home, but continues to sport an MLB-worst 21-46 home record this season.

Complicating matters for the Orioles is their recent shaky record against Toronto. The Blue Jays have racked up an 8-4 record against the Orioles this season, and are 9-2 in 11 dates in Baltimore dating back to September 2019.

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