Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays 5-18-18




Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays 5-18-18

Oakland Athletics (21-22) vs Toronto Blue Jays (22-21)

Date : 05/19/2018
Time : 1:07 pm EST
Location : Rodger Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays

Game 3 of a 4-game set against the visiting Oakland Athletics and the Toronto Blue Jays will take place on Thursday, 5-19-2018, at 1:07 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 have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  After 2-striaght series losses, they returned to form at home by sweeping the Baltimore Orioles on 5-6-2018; However, followed up this series by getting swept at home by the Houston Astros on 5-9-2018.  They would also go on to lose their next series on the road to the Yankees, however, interestingly enough, returned to form once again at Fenway Park as they won game 1 (6-5) and game 2 (5-3) of a 3-game set.

For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.55 runs per game (49th) with a team batting average of .257 (13th), 52 homers (10th), along with 7 stolen bases (30th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.30 (18th) with 319 strikeouts (27th) along with 18 quality starts on the season (10th).

Jed Lowrie (.329 BA on 167 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.248 BA on 125 AB), Marcus Semien (.271 BA on 181 AB), and Matt Chapman (.237 BA on 152 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.231 BA on 147 AB) and Khris Davis (.218 B on 165 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.

The 2 most impressive pitchers on Oakland’s staff is Sean Manaea (5-4, 61.1 IP, 18 R, 41 H, 7 HR, 8 BB, 49 SO, 2.35 ERA) and Daniel Mengden (3-4, 50.1 IP, 26 R, 54 H, 6 HR, 5 BB, 36 SO, 3.75 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 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  After tying a doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians on 5-4-2018, the Blue Jays dropped a 3-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays on 5-6-2018 while dropping yet another 3-game home set to the Seattle Mariners along with the Boston Red Sox on 5-13-2018.  They followed up this miserable stretch with a 12-2 road loss at the hands of the Mets on 5-16-2018.

For the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are averaging 4.76 runs per game (8th) with a team batting average of .231 (24th), 56 homers (6th) along with 19 stolen bases (18th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.62 (24th) with 357 strikeouts (13th) along with 12 quality starts on the season (29th).

Kevin Pillar (.300 BA on 160 AB), Justin Smoak (.250 BA on 136 AB), and Yangervis Solarte (.253 BA on 154 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 Oakland A’s are 19-23 ATS while the O/U was 21-19-2.  On the other hand, the Toronto Blue Jays are 22-20 ATS while the O/U was 19-19-4.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Toronto continues to struggle yet would like nothing better than to get a win under their belt in which to halt their present skid.  They will attempt to get back in the win column against an A’s team that has struggled this year, yet, have won 2-straight.  Again, getting a win will not be an easy task for either team as they each have major inconsistencies both on the mound and at the plate.  It is for this reason that it will be interesting to see which team will show up focused and willing to put in the work to get the hard-fought victory on Saturday.

Against The Spread Selection: Oakland Athletics

My reason for the pick :

Obviously, Toronto has had a below-averaged season thus far.  In addition to this, while they have been tough to beat at Rodgers Centre in the past, they are only slightly above .500 in 2018.  The Athletics, on the other hand, have also had their struggles, particularly earlier in the season; However, they are attempting to somehow erect themselves from the hole in which they had dug for themselves, winning their last 2 games.  Since they possess the momentum coming into game 3, I will pick the A’s to play well on Saturday to pick up an all-important win while gaining even more confidence

Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:

  • Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics

    • The Under is 6-4 in Athletics last 10 games
    • The Under is 5-3 in Athletics last 8 road 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 3-8 in last 11 games
    • The Under is 5-1 in Blue Jays last 6 home games

Falepa

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