Orioles on deck: What to watch Monday at Blue Jays, plus series matchups

Orioles (71-72) vs. Blue Jays (66-77)

Where: Rogers Centre


First pitch: 7:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jiménez (5-9, 6.80 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (7-8, 5.00)

Series matchups

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.78, 10th); Blue Jays (4.28, 26th)


Average: Orioles (.265, fifth); Blue Jays (.241, 29th)

Home runs: Orioles (218, second); Blue Jays (197, t-10th)

OPS: Orioles (.765, 12th); Blue Jays (.726, 25th)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (4.83, 25th); Blue Jays (4.47, 16th)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (5.62, 29th); Blue Jays (4.60, 15th)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (3.69, fifth); Blue Jays (4.29, 14th)

Fielding (MLB rank)

Fielding percentage: Orioles (.985, eighth); Blue Jays (.984, 16th)

Errors: Orioles (79, t-11th fewest); Blue Jays (85, 15th most)

UZR/150: Orioles (-5.0, 29th); Blue Jays (-2.0, 23rd)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-19, 22nd); Blue Jays (-31, 24th)

What to watch

1. Somehow... The Orioles remain just three games out of the second wild-card spot despite losing four straight and seven of 10 to slip back under .500 for the first time since Aug. 26. They've remained fortunate to not be eliminated from the race every time they've hit the skids, and now have a chance to get going again with three games against a last-place Blue Jays team that has won just seven of its past 22 games.

2. Waiting for the O. The Orioles had seven hits, including three from Jonathan Schoop, on Sunday as they showed signs of coming out of this sudden slump. Schoop had one of his best games this month, but he's hardly been the problem of late. The Orioles have scored just five runs in their past four games, and have averaged 5.8 hits during that stretch.

3. Which Marco? Tonight's opposing starter, Marco Estrada, has always owned the Orioles, going 6-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 14 head-to-head matchups. But he's been pretty inconsistent this year, only lowering his ERA to 5.00 with seven scoreless innings his last time out. Estrada's past two starts are pretty representative of his season as a whole — he allowed six runs in five innings two starts ago.

Orioles lineup

SS Tim Beckham

3B Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

CF Adam Jones

LF Trey Mancini

1B Chris Davis

RF Mark Trumbo

C Welington Castillo

DH Seth Smith