Reporting Bob Haynie
On Friday night, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays will renew acquaintances at Rogers Centre as they begin a three-game series.
The last time these two clubs met in Toronto over Memorial Day weekend, they split a four-game set, with the Blue Jays winning the finale in dramatic fashion.
Since then, both teams have been trending upward.
After taking two of three games from the Tigers in Detroit, the Orioles are now a season-high 11 games (42-31) over .500. Baltimore has also won a league-best 16 series in 2013.
The Blue Jays are on fire. Picked by many to win the AL East, Toronto has spent most of the season in last place. However, they have won eight-straight to pull to within a game of .500 and are only two back of the Tampa Bay Rays in the standings.
Known for their potent bats (91 HR’s), the Blue Jays have been getting it done with pitching. Over the last seven games, the Toronto starters have pitched to an ERA of 1.18.
Of course, they will have their hands full with a Baltimore offense that leads that majors in HR’s (98) and is third in runs scored (360).
Let’s not forget that the Orioles are 22-16 away from Camden Yards.
The Baltimore quest to catch the Boston Red Sox continues. Expect to see some fireworks in Toronto this weekend.