Oakland Athletics at Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

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The Oakland Athletics are heading east to play the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. MLB Network will showcase this AL showdown and the game gets underway at 7:07 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Toronto (-120) is favored over Oakland (+110) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 9 runs. Odds for betting on the games total stand at -105 for the over and -115 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds sitting at -190 for the Athletics +1.5 runs and +165 for the Blue Jays -1.5 runs.

The Blue Jays are 22-21 SU and 21-21 ATS. They’ve lost 0.9 units for moneyline bettors and 1.1 units against the spread (ATS). The Athletics have gone 21-22 SU this year and are 20-22 ATS. Overall, the teams gained 3.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline over the early portions of the year, but have lost 5.0 units ATS.

Blue Jays games have an 18-19-5 over/under record so far in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 21-19-2.

Right-hander Andrew Triggs will get the start for the visiting Athletics. Triggs is 3-1 with a 5.31 ERA and 42 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Blue Jays this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Blue Jays are handing the ball to righty Aaron Sanchez (2-3, 4.08 ERA), who has 32 strikeouts and 25 walks to his name, as well as a 1.47 WHIP. Sanchez did not record a start against the Athletics in 2017.

As a unit, Toronto’s pitchers have yielded 4.8 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.52, a WHIP of 1.48 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.2. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 3.08, a WHIP of 1.33 and a K/9 of 9.2.

Toronto’s hitters have put up 4.9 runs per outing, including 3.7 per game over its last 10 games and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .253/.327/.418 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Outfielders Kevin Pillar and Curtis Granderson have led the Blue Jays batters this year. Pillar is slashing .303/.343/.503 with four home runs, 18 RBIs, 25 runs and eight stolen bases, and Granderson’s line is .276/.432/.483 with three homers, 13 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Pillar seemed to take a step back when hitting right-handed pitchers at home last season. In 236 such plate appearances, he slashed .208/.250/.303 (his total season line was .255/.300/.403).

For the visiting squad, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.58 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7.52 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.99, along with a WHIP of 1.23.

Athletics hitters have slashed .247/.322/.423 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game this season, including 4.0 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Oakland’s hitters have been led by Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis, who’ve collectively belted 21 home runs. Lowrie is slashing .325/.385/.550 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and 17 runs scored, while Davis (.214/.291/.476) is up to 12 homers, 36 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 0.9 units and are 11-15 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 16 of those games, compared to 10 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Blue Jays have netted 0.3 units and are 11-14 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 12 of those games, as opposed to 10 which went under the total.

Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in four of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • Toronto has recorded 19.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.2 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.