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Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 10,642

Jays visit Baltimore with eyes on top wild card

According to STATS
According to STATS

Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The season series between the Blue Jays and Orioles is tied at eight wins for each team (5-5 in Toronto, 3-3 in Baltimore). The Blue Jays have won the season series in each of the previous four years: 14-5 in 2018, 11-8 in 2019, 8-2 in 2020 and 14-5 in 2021.
  2. The Blue Jays are 90-69 this season, after finishing 2021 with a 91-71 record. It's only the second time Toronto has recorded 90 or wins in each of two or more consecutive seasons. The Blue Jays had a three-year streak of 90-win seasons from 1991 to 1993 (91, 96, 95).
  3. Bo Bichette leads the American League with 187 hits this year, after finishing the 2021 season with an AL-high total of 191 hits. Before Bichette, the only Toronto players to lead the AL in hits over a season were Paul Molitor in 1993 and Vernon Wells in 2003.
  4. Jose Berrios is 8-0 with a 3.04 ERA in his 11 career games against the Orioles. The only other active pitchers with eight or more wins and no losses against one major-league team are Clayton Kershaw (10-0 vs. Mets), Mike Clevinger (9-0 vs. Royals) and Max Scherzer (8-0 vs. Diamondbacks).
  5. The Orioles have 19 wins in games in which they scored three or fewer runs this season, which ties them for fifth most in the major leagues. Baltimore had only 13 such wins over the previous three seasons combined.
  6. Dean Kremer has pitched at least five innings and allowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last five starts at Camden Yards. Kremer is 2-1 with a 1.41 ERA and no home runs allowed (in 32 innings) in those five games.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 10/3/2022 thru 10/5/2022
(AP Photo/Scott Audette)

The Toronto Blue Jays might be turning it on at just the right time.

Already locked into the postseason, the Blue Jays can clinch home field for the wild-card round with the right results early this week.

There are three chances to do that, beginning Monday night to open a three-game series against the Orioles in Baltimore.

The Blue Jays (90-69) are riding a three-game winning streak after a sweep of the Boston Red Sox, winning those games by a combined score of 25-3. Toronto has won six of its last eight games.

"We have the talent to do it," second baseman Whit Merrifield said. "Just a matter of getting hot at the right time."

Only the Seattle Mariners can catch Toronto for the top wild-card spot. The magic number for the Blue Jays to seal the homefield advantage for that round is two -- so any combination of a Toronto victory and a Seattle loss. Toronto would lose a tiebreaker with the Mariners.

"We're ready to deal with it however it shakes out," Blue Jays manager John Schneider said. "I'm just excited that we're in this position."

Even with the Blue Jays turning up the success level after a managerial change, they likely aren't the most surprising team in the American League. That tag might belong to the Orioles -- even though Baltimore missed out on the playoffs.

The Orioles (82-77) are assured of a winning season, which by itself seems like an accomplishment for a team most forecasters didn't predict to check in with many achievements.

"A 30-win difference (from last season) and still got a few games to go," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.

The Orioles have a winning season for the first time since 2016.

"I think that's something we should be proud of, for sure," relief pitcher Bryan Baker said.

The Blue Jays and Orioles have split 16 meetings this year. This three-game series will mark the eighth, nine and 10th meetings between the teams in a month's span.

The Orioles have gone 2-4 in their last six games, though they won two of three against the Yankees in New York.

Toronto's starter will be right-hander Jose Berrios (11-7, 5.37 ERA), who will look to snap a two-game personal losing streak. The good news for the Blue Jays is that both of Berrios' victors since Aug. 18 have come against the Orioles.

Berrios went six innings in each of those starts, allowing a total of five runs (four earned).

With two shutouts in the last three games for Toronto pitchers, there's a good vibe on the mound.

"We're playing a really good brand of baseball right now," Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman said.

Right-hander Dean Kremer (8-6, 3.17) will be Baltimore's starter Monday. He went 0-1 in two September starts against the Blue Jays. He was hurt by seven walks in the 11 combined innings in those outings. Kremer did win an Aug. 16 start at Toronto by logging seven innings and allowing two runs.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 3, 2022

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