Blue Jays, Orioles American League Best Bets for September 26
There are multiple games tonight on the American League schedule, and there’s value to be found. Below, you can find our AL best bets from FanDuel Sportsbook.
New York Yankees (-102) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (-116) Total: 8 (O -104, U -118)
The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees are set to kick off a three-game series tonight from the Rogers Center. Over the weekend, the Yankees swept the Boston Red Sox in a four-game set, while the Blue Jays split a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees have already clinched a playoff spot and have their magic number set at two to clinch the AL East, while the Blue Jays have a two-game lead over the Rays for the top Wild Card position in the American League. Entering this matchup, the Yankees have won seven straight games and posted an 8-2 record over their past ten, while the Blue Jays are 5-5 over that same sample size and have won two in a row.
The Blue Jays and Yankees have quality top ends of their rotations, and both should be highlighted in a playoff series this October. The Yankees will send right-hander Luis Severino to the bump, while the Blue Jays will counter with Kevin Gausman. The Yanks righty has posted a 6-3 record with a 3.36 ERA and 101 strikeouts, while Gausman is 12-10 with a 3.32 ERA and 194 punchouts. Even though Severino dealt with some injuries, he’s still put together a solid campaign and is healthy at the most crucial time of the season. At the same time, Gausman has come as advertised, a top-of-the-rotation starter in his first season with Toronto.
The Blue Jays are set to enter this divisional matchup as slight favorites on the moneyline at -116, and there’s likely some value attached to those odds. Gausman has been great for the Blue Jays, and despite having worse numbers at home, it’s hard to look away from the home side tonight at their current price.
Best Bet: Blue Jays moneyline (-116)
Baltimore Orioles (+110) vs. Boston Red Sox (-130) Total: 9.5 (O -118, U -104)
The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox will begin a four-game series tonight from Fenway Park. The Orioles split a four-game set with the Houston Astros over the weekend, while the Red Sox were swept in a four-game series by their arch-rivals, the New York Yankees. After losing the last two games in their series with the Astros, the Orioles now sit four games back of the Seattle Mariners for the third Wild Card spot in the American League, and it’s looking more unlikely by the day that they’ll be playing postseason baseball. As for the Red Sox, it’s been a struggle for them as they’ve now lost five straight games and own a 3-7 record over their past ten. During that time, the O’s have posted a 4-6 record. What’s interesting about this matchup is that the Orioles have likely overachieved, while the Red Sox have underachieved compared to expectations.
Pitching has been a strong suit for the Orioles, while the Red Sox haven’t received quality starting pitching for most of this season. The Orioles are expected to send right-hander Jordan Lyles to the bump, while the Red Sox will counter with righty Connor Seabold. Lyles has posted an 11-11 record with a 4.50 ERA and 135 strikeouts, while Seabold is 0-3 with a 10.47 ERA and 17 strikeouts. Not only does Lyles have the advantage in terms of overall numbers, but he also boasts more big-league experience.
With the Red Sox entering this matchup as home favorites on the moneyline at -130, there’s likely some value with the visitors. Even if the Orioles are unlikely to qualify for the playoffs, they still have more to play for in this matchup and have some plus-money value attached to their price on the moneyline at +110.
Best Bet: Orioles moneyline (+110)