Series Preview: Orioles (37-87) @ Blue Jays (55-69)

Rogers Centre in Toronto with the roof open.

After dropping two of three in Cleveland, the Orioles will look to end their road trip on a high note during their upcoming three-game set in Toronto.

The Orioles (37-87) come into Toronto with a 4-7 record on the road and a 5-12 record overall in the month of August. While it may not be a lot to write home about, the Orioles’ form on the road has improved since going 0-10 away from Camden Yards last month.

The Blue Jays (55-69) will look to bounce back after getting swept in the Bronx over the weekend, but they haven’t been in the best of form as of late. They’ve won just three of their last ten and have gone 9-17 since sweeping the Orioles in the first series of the second half back in July.

Andrew Cashner (4-10, 4.71 ERA) will take on Marco Estrada (6-9, 4.87 ERA) in tonight’s series opener.

Cashner picked up his fourth win of the season after allowing just two runs on five hits over seven innings against the Mets during his last start, and will be looking to continue his outstanding run of form in Toronto. Cashner has recorded eight quality starts in his last twelve contests and has allowed two earned runs or less in six of his last eight outings. Over his last two starts, he’s allowed just three earned runs over an impressive 14-inning stretch.

Estrada earned his sixth win of the season after allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Royals during his last time out, but hasn’t been at his best this season. He’s posted a 2-3 record and a 5.35 ERA over his last seven contests.

Dylan Bundy (7-11, 4.99 ERA) will match-up against Sam Gaviglio (2-6, 5.13 ERA) in Tuesday’s clash.

Bundy was tagged for seven runs on eleven hits over just 5 1/3 innings during his last start against the Mets, and will be aiming to end his struggles and bounce back into vintage form against the Jays. Over his last seven starts, Bundy has gone 1-4 with a 8.33 ERA. He’s also posted just three quality starts over his last nine attempts.

Gaviglio took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits over just 4 1/3 innings against Kansas City, and will be hoping to finally end up in the win column against the Orioles. Gaviglio has now gone fifteen straight starts without a win and has recorded just three quality starts during that span. Over his last seven contests, he’s gone 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA.

David Hess (2-7, 5.95 ERA) will go up against Thomas Pannone (0-0, 4.15 ERA) in Wednesday’s series finale.

Hess held a dangerous Indians squad to just two runs on five hits over six innings during his last start, but took a tough loss in the end. The Orioles rookie has now turned in two straight solid starts and owns an 3.86 ERA over 11 2/3 innings during that span. Prior to that, he had recorded five consecutive starts with having allowed five runs or more. He’ll be looking to leave that in the past and build on his current momentum.

Pannone will be making his first career big league start against the Orioles after impressing out of the bullpen recently. Having just made his debut on August 10th, the 24-year-old Rhode Island native will be looking to impress the Jays staff in order to keep a spot in the rotation going forward. The southpaw went 30-18 with a 3.38 ERA over 85 career starts in the minors before recieving the call-up to the majors.

That’s all for now, folks!

Here’s to coming home with a few in the win column.

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