Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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Freddy Galvis and the Toronto Blue Jays are traveling west to take on the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The first pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will televise this AL matchup.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Oakland (-135) is favored over Toronto (+125) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs (-115 for the under and -105 for the over). There’s a runline of Blue Jays +1.5 (-170) and Athletics -1.5 (+150) for this matchup.

The Blue Jays are 8-12 SU and are 9-10 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.7 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in the season’s early going and 1.0 unit ATS. Toronto has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 11-10 SU and 11-10 ATS. The team’s gained 0.3 units for moneyline bettors and 0.3 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in six of those seven.

Oakland games have had an over/under record of 12-9 so far in 2019. Toronto has an over/under record of 7-12.

Marcus Stroman will get the nod for Toronto. The right-handed Stroman (0-3, 1.99 ERA) has recorded 23 strikeouts in 22.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (0-1, 12.60 ERA and six strikeouts over five innings).

The Athletics are sending righty Aaron Brooks (2-1, 4.24 ERA) to the mound. Brooks has 11 strikeouts and five walks to his name as well as a 1.12 WHIP. Brooks did not record a start against the Blue Jays in 2018.

Toronto’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.91 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.79, along with a K-per-9 of 10.63.

The Blue Jays offense has slashed .217/.291/.358 on its way to 3.8 runs scored per game this year, including 4.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Toronto’s hitters have been led by Freddy Galvis and Randal Grichuk. Galvis is slashing .320/.346/.573 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored, while Grichuk is hitting .239 with four homers, seven RBIs and 15 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Oakland’s pitchers have given up 4.6 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starting pitching staff has a 4.68 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 5.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.15 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Oakland offense is putting up 5.0 runs per contest, including 6.1 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over its last five. The team has hit .245/.313/.479 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Matt Chapman have led the Athletics’ hitters so far. Semien is slashing .316/.396/.506 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and 16 runs scored, and Chapman’s line is .284/.361/.581 with six homers, 13 RBIs and 11 runs.

The Blue Jays have lost 9.6 units and are 5-9 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in six of those games, as opposed to eight that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Athletics have lost 3.9 units and are 6-5 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to four which went under the total.

Blue Jays vs. Athletics Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Blue Jays, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • Toronto has tallied 14 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Oakland has 18 XBH over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have won three of their last four games SU.
  • Oakland has posted 25.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.2 over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
  • The Blue Jays have a team OPS of .650 this season and an OPS of .667 against right-handed pitchers. The Athletics’ OPS stands at .769 overall and .756 against righties.