Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Free Preview

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The Toronto Blue Jays are heading west to play the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will be televising this AL matchup and the game gets going at 10:05 p.m. ET.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Toronto (+160) is the underdog against Oakland (-170) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this one at 8.5 runs. Odds for betting on the games total stand at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. The games current runline odds stand at -135 for betting the Blue Jays +1.5 runs and +115 for the Athletics -1.5.

The Athletics are 61-45 straight up (SU) and 54-53 against the spread (ATS). The teams gained 20.1 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 1.6 units (ATS). Oakland has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Blue Jays have gone 47-56 SU this year and are 47-57 ATS. In total, the teams lost 7.7 units for moneyline bettors and 15.6 units ATS. Toronto’s covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in six of those seven.

Athletics games have an over/under record of 51-49-7 in 2018. The Blue Jays have been a decent over bet with a total record of 51-45-8.

The right-handed Sam Gaviglio will get the start for Toronto. Gaviglio is 2-3 with a 4.65 ERA and 65 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics will turn to righty Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.43 ERA) to the mound. Cahill has 59 strikeouts and 20 walks to his name, as well as a 1.10 WHIP. Cahill has yet to face the Blue Jays this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The teams starters have an ERA of 4.42, a WHIP of 1.24 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.5. The bullpen has a 3.46 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

Oakland’s hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 6.0 per game over its last 10 games and 5.6 per game over their last five. The team has hit .267/.362/.483 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Athletics offense has been led by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien. Lowrie is hitting .277/.359/.478 with 17 home runs, 66 RBIs and 48 runs scored, and Semien’s line sits at .254/.314/.369 with seven homers, 39 RBIs, 57 runs and 10 steals.

In the visiting dugout, Toronto’s pitchers have allowed 5.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.80 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8.07 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.44, along with a WHIP of 1.40.

Blue Jays hitters have slashed .241/.315/.424 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.5 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Third baseman Yangervis Solarte and first baseman Justin Smoak have paced Toronto’s hitters. Solarte is slashing .234/.287/.412 with 17 home runs, 53 RBIs and 45 runs scored, while Smoak is hitting .252/.365/.475 with 16 homers, 54 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

The Blue Jays have gained 6.0 units and are 31-36 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 35 of those games, compared to 28 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 18.2 units and are 35-35 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 34 of those games, as opposed to 33 that’ve gone under.

Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland Athletics Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in six of Toronto’s last seven games.
  • Toronto has recorded 23.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 26.0 over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.