7:05 PM ET, September 26, 2013
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Toronto: Buehrle (12-9, 4.09 ERA)
Baltimore: Gonzalez (10-8, 3.94 ERA)
The Baltimore Orioles are close to finishing with the second-highest home run total in franchise history.
Tonight the Orioles will meet the Toronto Blue Jays and starter Mark Buehrle who has pitched very well away from home since the O’s took him deep three times in his last start at Camden Yards.
Baltimore (82-76) was eliminated from playoff contention with a 3-2, 10-inning defeat in Tuesday’s opener. Manager Buck Showalter rested Adam Jones, Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters one night later.
However, as YouWager bettors know that didn’t stop Baltimore from hitting four homers, two by No. 9 hitter Ryan Flaherty, in a 9-5 victory. The Orioles have a major league-best 208 homers — six shy of its total last year when it matched the 1998 and 1985 clubs for the second-highest total behind the 1996 team that went deep 257 times — the third-highest total in baseball history.
Buehrle (12-9, 4.09 ERA) would be thrilled to see see a weakened Baltimore lineup after he matched a season high by giving up eight runs over six innings in an 8-5 defeat at Charm City on July 12. Jones, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis all took him deep.
The 34 year-old also lost two starts ago versus Baltimore by yielding three runs in five innings in a 3-1 defeat Sept. 15. Buehrle then continued his road success Saturday on the road by limiting the Boston Red Sox to one run in six innings in a 4-2 victory, reaching 200 innings for the 13th straight season.
The Orioles will counter with Miguel Gonzalez (10-8, 3.94), who is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four September outings as well as four versus the Blue Jays in 2013.
The last-place Toronto (72-86), one of the favorites to win the AL East in spring training, need one victory to avoid their first 90-loss campaign since going 67-94 in 2004.
Tonight’s winner captures a season series tied at nine wins apiece.