The AL East is arguably the best race in baseball right now, with three teams vying for a top spot. Two of the three teams close out a three-game set on Wednesday when the Baltimore Orioles host the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays started the week with a three-game lead over the Orioles.
Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.99 ERA) took a no-decision in his last outing on August 20; it was a 6-5 win in Cleveland, during which he was tagged for five runs on four hits over four innings, striking out five and walking one.
The Jays then sent Sanchez to the minors, but he didn’t pitch because they’re monitoring his innings. The 24-year-old righthander is 2-0 in three starts against the Orioles this season, posting a 4.50 ERA.
Yovani Gallardo (4-6, 5.69) lasted just 1.1 innings in his latest outing, which was a 14-4 road loss to the New York Yankees. He was knocked around for eight runs (seven earned) on six hits, striking out none and walking one. The 30-year-old righty, who is 0-3 in his last four starts, has split a pair of starts against the Blue Jays this season, although he has an ERA of 6.75 in those games.