Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays




Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays

Oakland Athletics (19-21) vs Toronto Blue Jays (21-20)

Date : 05/17/2018
Time : 7:07 pm EST
Location : Rodgers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays

Game 1 of a 4-game set against the visiting Oakland Athletics and the Toronto Blue Jays will take place on Thursday at 7:07 pm EST at Rodgers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Oakland occupies the 4th place within the AL West division while the Toronto Blue Jays are in 3rd place within the AL East division.  This will be the 1st matchup of the year amongst these two teams, however, the Blue Jays have won 5 of the last 7 meetings while sweeping the last series at Rodgers Centre on 7/24/2017.

Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :

The Oakland Athletics are losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  Recently, after losing 5 of 7 games, the A’s returned to form at home by beating the Baltimore Orioles in a 3-game series sweep on 5-6-2018.  They would follow this series up with a miserable performance against the Houston Astros in a 3-game series sweep at home on 5-9-2018 while also losing a 3-game road set versus the Yankees on 5-13-2018.

For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.50 runs per game (12th) with a team batting average of .248 (13th), 48 homers (13th), along with 7 stolen bases (30th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.37 (19th) with 309 strikeouts (27th) along with 16 quality starts on the season (16th).

Jed Lowrie (.340 BA on 159 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.248 BA on 121 AB), Marcus Semien (.275 BA on 141 AB), and Matt Chapman (.221 BA on 145 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.227 BA on 141 AB) and Khris Davis (.210 B on 157 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.

The 2 most impressive pitchers on Oakland’s staff is Sean Manaea (4-4, 55.1 IP, 14 R, 33 H, 6 HR, 7 BB, 45 SO, 2.11 ERA) and Daniel Mengden (2-4, 44.1 IP, 24 R, 46 H, 5 HR, 5 BB, 33 SO, 4.06 ERA) as they have proven themselves to be the most consistent of the bunch.  On the other hand, Kendall Gravemen (1-5) has pitched 34.1 innings while allowing 32 runs on 44 hits, 9 homers, 13 walks, and 27 strikeouts with an ERA of 7.60.

Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :

The Blue Jays are losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, the Blue Jays dropped yet another 3-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays on 5-6-2018.  Toronto also followed this up by dropping a 3-game home set to the Seattle Mariners on 5-10-2018.  Furthermore, they could not get anything going in a 3-game home set versus the Red Sox and would eventually lose yet another series.

For the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are averaging 4.83 runs per game (8th) with a team batting average of .232 (24th), 56 homers (4th) along with 18 stolen bases (19th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.43 (21st) with 351 strikeouts (13th) along with 12 quality starts on the season (28th).

Kevin Pillar (.308 BA on 156 AB), Justin Smoak (.248 BA on 133 AB), and Yangervis Solarte (.253 BA on 150 AB) have been the offensive spearheads for the Toronto Blue Jays this season.

Pitcher JA Happ (4-3, 45 IP, 25 R, 44 H, 9 HR, 13 BB, 56 SO with an ERA of 4.80) has been the most consistent pitcher for the Blue Jay’s bullpen this year.  Aaron Sanchez (2-3, 46.1 IP, 24 R, 43 H, 4 HR, 25 BB, 32 SO with an ERA of 4.08) and Marco Estrada (2-3, 44 IP, 26 R, 48 H, 10 HR, 15 BB, 34 SO with an ERA of 5.32) have not been as consistent, yet, very serviceable components for the Blue Jays.

How Oakland Athletics & Toronto Blue Jays Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Athletics are 17-23 ATS while the O/U is 20-18-2.  On the other hand, the Toronto Blue Jays are 22-19 ATS while the O/U is 18-19-4.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This matchup will pit two struggling teams looking desperately for their next win.  the Blue Jays have lost 7 of their last 10 games while the A’s have dropped 5 of their last 6 games.  Oakland has not played particularly well at home (8-12 ML) while the Blue Jays have only been averaged at Rodgers Centre (11-11 ML).  In all, this will be a matchup where each team will be focused on getting a string of wins against a squad that is amidst a severe losing streak.

Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:

  • Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics

    • The Under is 7-4 in Athletics last 11 games

Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:

  • Betting Trends for Toronto Blue Jays

    • The Blue Jays are 2-4 in last 6 home games
    • The Blue Jays are 4-8 in last 12 games
    • The Under is 6-1 in Blue Jays last 7 games

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