Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball, MLB

The Oakland Athletics will play host to the Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The first pitch is scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California is in line to showcase this AL showdown.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Vegas is listing Toronto (+125) as the underdog to Oakland (-135). The total stands at nine runs and bettors can wager on the over for +110 and the under for -130. Gamblers can also wager on the games runline with the current odds sitting at -170 for the Blue Jays +1.5 runs and +150 for the Athletics -1.5.

The Blue Jays have gone 47-56 SU this year and are 46-57 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 16.6 units ATS. Toronto has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 61-45 SU and 53-53 ATS. The team has gained 21.1 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 2.5 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Athletics games have a 51-48-7 over/under record in 2018. The Blue Jays have an over/under record of 50-45-8.

Marco Estrada will get the nod for Toronto. The right-handed Estrada (4-7, 4.72 ERA) has racked up 70 strikeouts in 89.2 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with six strikeouts and a 4.05 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics will turn to righty Edwin Jackson (1-2, 3.86 ERA) to the mound. Jackson has 27 strikeouts and 10 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.09. Jackson 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. Its 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 offense has produced 4.7 runs per outing, including 6.0 per game over its last 10 games and 5.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .267/.362/.483 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien have led the Athletics offense this year. Lowrie is slashing .277/.359/.478 with 17 home runs, 66 RBIs and 48 runs scored, and Semien is batting .254 with seven homers, 39 RBIs, 57 runs and 10 stolen bases.

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

The Blue Jays offense has slashed .241/.315/.424 on its 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 continue to lead Toronto’s hitters. Solarte is hitting .234/.287/.412 with 17 home runs, 53 RBIs and 45 runs scored. Smoak is slashing .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 right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 35 of those games, compared to 28 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 19.2 units and are 34-35 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 34 of those games, compared to 32 that went under the total.

Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in just two of Toronto’s last seven games.
  • The Blue Jays have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.
  • Oakland has averaged 25.0 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 contests and 24.8 over its last five.