Gausman vs. Estrada tonight in Toronto

The Orioles have won five games in a row, eight of their last nine and are 13 above .500 for the first time since the conclusion of the 2014 season. They lead the Red Sox by two games in the American League East.

Who needs Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hardy, Darren O'Day and Caleb Joseph?

But seriously, the Orioles would love to make room for all four of them on the 25-man roster.

In the meantime, they're sending Kevin Gausman to the mound tonight in an attempt to keep the good times rolling. Taking an early lead and holding onto it for nine innings would be a bonus.

Gausman-Delivers-Black-Specs-Sidebar.jpgGausman remains in search of his first win despite the 3.52 ERA and five quality starts among his nine outings. He held the Yankees to one run over six innings in his last start and settled for a no-decision.

Right-handers are batting .268 against Gausman and left-handers are hitting .200.

Gausman is 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA in nine games (four starts) against the Blue Jays and 0-1 with a 3.95 ERA in five games (two starts) at Rogers Centre.

Josh Donaldson is 3-for-9 with a double against Gausman and Darwin Barney is 2-for-3 with a home run. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are a combined 0-for-17.

Marco Estrada is having an outstanding season for Toronto, going 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA and 0.978 WHIP in 11 starts over 74 2/3 innings. Right-handers and left-handers are batting .168 against him. He's 2-1 with a 1.30 ERA in five home starts, with five runs and 16 hits allowed in 34 2/3 innings.

Estrada is 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA in seven career games (five starts) versus the Orioles. The current group is 19-for-97 (.196).

Ryan Flaherty is 2-for-7 with two home runs, Matt Wieters is 3-for-9, Mark Trumbo is 2-for-7 with a home run, Jonathan Schoop is 2-for-8 with a home run, Manny Machado is 2-for-12 with a home run and Chris Davis is 1-for-8 with a home run and six walks.

Pedro Alvarez is 3-for-21 with a home run and nine strikeouts. He homered again last night and is 9-for-27 with a double, three home runs and six RBIs this month, but do you sit him against Estrada?

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