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American League Wild Card Game Preview: Baltimore Orioles At Toronto Blue Jays



The MLB Playoffs are HERE!!!!! On Tuesday night the American League Wild Card Game will take place at the Rogers Centre as the Toronto Blue Jays host their American League East rival  Baltimore Orioles in a one game playoff.

The winner will then go on to play a best of five series against the winners of the American League West the Texas Rangers.

Where:  Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

When:  Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00pm

The Matchup:

Baltimore Orioles:

RHP Chris Tillman (16-6; 3.77) will make his most important start of the season in hopes of advancing his O’s to the ALDS. In four starts against Toronto this season, Tillman has been solid and this season has been incredibly strong.

Toronto Blue Jays:

For the second consecutive season the Blue Jays will turn to RHP Marcus Stroman (9-10; 4.37) as their top starter in the postseason. Like Tillman, Stroman has also made four starts against the O’s but his outcomes haven’t been in the Jays’ favor with a 1-2 record and a 7.04 ERA.

Heavy Hitters:

Baltimore Orioles

Manny Machado:  .294 avg./ 37 HR/ 94 RBIs

Mark Trumbo: .256 avg./ 47 HR/ 108 RBIs

Toronto Blue Jays

Josh Donaldson: .284 avg./ 37 HR/ 99 RBIs

Edwin Encarnacion: .263 avg./ 42 HR/ 127 RBIs


Probable Lineups:

Baltimore Orioles:

Michael Bourn, RF

Adam Jones, CF

Manny Machado, 3B

Mark Trumbo, DH

Matt Wieters, C

Chris Davis, 1B

Jonathan Schoop, 2B

Hyun Soo Kim, LF

J.J. Hardy, SS


Toronto Blue Jays:

Devon Travis, 2B

Josh Donaldson, 3B

Edwin Encarnacion, 1B

Jose Bautista, DH

Russell Martin, C

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Melvin Upton, Jr. LF

Kevin Pillar, CF

Ezequiel Carrera, RF

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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