The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to sweep

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The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to sweep

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TORONTO — the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday afternoon by winning the finale of the three-game series at the Rogers Centre.A victory would mean more than a series sweep for the Blue Jays as it would allow them to complete an umblemished home schedule against the Orioles this season at 10-0.By clubbing four solo home runs in an 8-2 victory Tuesday night Francisco Liriano Jersey , the Blue Jays moved to 11-1 against the Orioles this season. The Orioles’ only win over the Blue Jays this season was April 11 in the finale of a three-game series at Camden Yards.Article continues below ...The teams still have two more three-game series in Baltimore this season.The Blue Jays already have clinched their first home series win since they swept the Orioles in three games July 20-22.The Orioles will start right-hander David Hess (2-7, 5.95 ERA) on Wednesday while the Blue Jays will send out left-hander Thomas Pannone (0-0, 4.15), who will be making his first major league start.Pannone made his major league debut Aug. 10 and has appeared in four games as a reliever.Pannone started six games with Triple-A Buffalo this season and had a 4.91 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 40 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. He has pitched in only nine minor league games this season, going 0-4 with a 5.36 ERA, including stints at Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire because of an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.The 24-year-old was obtained in July last year in a deal that sent reliever Joe Smith to the Cleveland Indians.Hess made his major league debut May 12, winning two of his first three starts. He has not won since May 25, going 0-6 with a 6.61 ERA in 11 outings (nine starts) since his last win.He received a no-decision in his only appearance against the Blue Jays, allowing one run in six innings of Baltimore’s 5-4 loss at Toronto on June 7.Kendrys Morales hit one of the Blue Jays’ homers against the Orioles on Tuesday to add to the two he hit in the series opener on Monday. He has homered in three consecutive games for the third time in his career. The other two times were in 2016.He also had an RBI single in going 3-for-4 on Tuesday.Morales had overcome a poor start and now is batting .257 with 17 homers and 47 RBIs. He was slashing .188/.260/.312 on June 5.“He’s dangerous, he’s always dangerous,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “But he works hard, too. He’s the first guy here just about every day , he spends his day in the cage. If anybody was going to come out of it, it was him.”Billy McKinney hit his first career home run for the Blue Jays.Toronto center fielder Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 with a double and has an eight-game hit streak, batting .419 with six doubles, one home run and eight RBIs during the streak.The Blue Jays scored seven of their runs and hit three of their homers against Orioles starter Dylan Bundy. The Orioles also suffered defensive lapses behind him, making two errors.“We’ve got to make some plays behind him,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “But his finish, the shape of his pitches, that’s very unlike Dylan. This is probably the toughest stretch that he’s had. It seems like every mistake he makes he’s paying a price for it.”Cedric Mullins hit his second career homer for the Orioles in going 1-for-4 on Tuesday. He hit his first big-league homer on Saturday at Cleveland. He has reached base in 10 of his first 11 major league games since making his debut Aug. 10 and is batting .333 (13-for-39) with five doubles, two homers and four RBIs. Bob Levey/Getty ImagesThe Houston Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 7-2 in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday. Houston right fielder Josh Reddick and first baseman Yuli Gurrielhit ninth-inning home runs that turned a tight 3-2 lead into a comfortable five-run advantage.The series stays in Boston for Game 2 on Sunday, when Red Sox southpaw David Price and Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole face off. Remaining ALCS ScheduleGame 2: Houston at Boston, Sunday, 7:09 p.m. ET on TBSand Watch TBSGame 3: Boston at Houston Andy Pettitte Jersey , Tuesday, 5:09 p.m. ET on TBSand Watch TBSGame 4: Boston at Houston, Wednesday, 8:39 p.m. ET on TBSand Watch TBSGame 5: Boston at Houston, Thursday, 8:09 p.m. ET on TBS and Watch TBS*Game 6: Houston at Boston, Saturday, 5:09 p.m. ET on TBS and Watch TBS*Game 7: Houston at Boston, Sunday, 7:39 p.m. ET on TBS and Watch TBS**If necessary. World Series OddsHouston Astros: 37-20Boston Red Sox: 5-2Milwaukee Brewers: 69-20Los Angeles Dodgers: 87-20Odds according to OddsSharkand accurate as of 2 a.m. ET Sunday. What To Watch: Game 2All eyes will be on Price as he looks to shake off past postseason struggles.Price has a 5.28 ERA in 75.0 career playoff innings, and he's only registered one quality start in his past five attempts, dating back to 2015. In his lone 2018 playoff appearance Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey , the left-hander allowed three earned runs in 1.2 innings in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankeesbefore being pulled.There is one small silver lining if you're a believer in a pitcher's history against a batter: Most Astros who appeared in the Game 1 lineuphaven't fared wellversusPrice. Shortstop Carlos Correa is 2-for-10, and outfielder George Springer is 5-of-24 with 14 strikeouts. A few changes could be made, but Correa and Springer should still be there.For what it's worth, Price has been largely sensational at Fenway Park in 2018, going 9-2 with a 2.98 ERA and95 punchouts in 96.2 regular-season innings. Opposing batters have managed just a .641 OPS against him in Boston.Still, Price may have to top that form to hang with Cole, who struck out 276 batters in 200.1 innings and went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA. The ex-Pittsburgh Pirate has been a model of consistency since joining the team in the offseason, as he hasn't pitched fewer than five innings or allowed more than four earned runs in any of his starts.Cole's floor seems high, which is a massive plus against a tough Red Sox lineup.The starting-pitching edge favors the Astros, and the same could be said for the bullpen.Houston has a fantastic relief weapon in the form of right-handed Lance McCullers Jr., a 25-year-old curveball artist with 80 career starts, a lifetime 3.67 ERA and 509 strikeouts in 453.2 innings.He battled injuries this year and was forced to miss close to two months.When McCullers got back , he was the odd man out of the playoff rotation, as Cole, Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton occupied the four postseason spots.McCullers has pitched the eighth inning three times this postseason and hasn't allowed a run. He and Ryan Pressly, who has a 0.77 ERA in 26 regular-season appearances with the Astros after a midseason deal with the Minnesota Twins, look like a invincible bridge between the starting rotation and closer Roberto Osuna.Both players should be available out of the pen if needed, as neither threw more than one inning (or more than 18 pitches) Saturday. If Cole can give the bullpen something to defend in the seventh inning, it will be tough for the Sox to overcome.Much like Saturday, look for another close game for much of the night. The guess here is that Price turns in a solid outing but can't match Cole, who tosses it to the Pressly-McCullers-Osuna trio to close out a win.Prediction: Astros 4, Red Sox 2

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