Pre-Series Notes: Our first look at the Trash Birds

At long last, the Blue Jays are finally facing the Baltimore Orioles.

The Blue Jays beat the wheels off of the Orioles last season, going 14-5 against them over 19 games. That seems pretty impressive until you realize that the Tampa Bay Rays nearly had a season sweep of Baltimore, going 18-1 against them.
The Trash Birds are better this year than they were last year, as they’re on pace to go 69-73, which would be a massive upgrade from the 52-110 record they posted in 2021. Their offence has improved and they have a strong bullpen, but Baltimore’s rotation is still a mess, as they rank second last in baseball in terms of WAR among starting pitchers.
If the Blue Jays want to catch the Yankees, one of the things they’ll have to do is beat the Orioles a bunch. New York has already faced Baltimore 13 times and they went 9-4 in those games, so doing better than that would help Toronto chip away at the Yankees’ eight-and-a-half game lead in the AL East.
Of course, the real key to catching the Yanks is beating them head-to-head, but a four-game sweep of the O’s would help. Speaking of the Yanks, they’ll be going up against the Rays this week before facing Toronto on the weekend …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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