Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays 5-20-2018




Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays 5-20-2018

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

Date : 05/20/2018
Time : 1:07 pm EST
Location : Rodger Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays

The finale of a 4-game set against the visiting Oakland Athletics and the Toronto Blue Jays will take place on Sunday, 5-20-2018, 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 have lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  Recently, 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 3-game series on the road to the Yankees on 5-13-2018, however, returned to form once again at Fenway Park as they won a 3-game set against the dangerous Boston Red Sox on 5-16-2018.

For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.53 runs per game (12th) with a team batting average of .247 (14th), 55 homers (7th), along with 7 stolen bases (30th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.35 (19th) with 325 strikeouts (27th) along with 18 quality starts on the season (11th).

Jed Lowrie (.325 BA on 169 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.240 BA on 129 AB), Marcus Semien (.276 BA on 185 AB), and Matt Chapman (.231 BA on 156 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.238 BA on 151 AB) and Khris Davis (.214 B on 168 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.

Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :

The Blue Jays are losers of 3 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 yet another 3-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays on 5-6-2018 while dropping 3-game home sets to the Seattle Mariners along with the Boston Red Sox on 5-13-2018.  They followed up win a 12-2 road loss at the hands of the Mets on 5-16-2018, however, tied the 2-game road set on 5-16-2018 by a score of 12-1.

For the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are averaging 4.93 runs per game (6th) with a team batting average of .234 (2rd), 59 homers (3rd) along with 19 stolen bases (19th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.54 (23rd) with 369 strikeouts (11th) along with 13 quality starts on the season (28th).

Kevin Pillar (.303 BA on 165 AB), Justin Smoak (.255 BA on 141 AB), and Yangervis Solarte (.245 BA on 169 AB) have been the offensive spearheads for the Toronto Blue Jays this season.

Pitcher JA Happ (5-3, 52 IP, 25 R, 46 H, 9 HR, 13 BB, 65 SO with an ERA of 4.15) 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 19-24 ATS while the O/U was 22-19-2.  On the other hand, the Toronto Blue Jays are 23-20 ATS while the O/U was 20-19-4.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This matchup will be against 2 struggling teams trying to gain some momentum in some way.  The Blue Jays have dropped 8 of their last 11 contest while the A’s have lost 6 of their last 9.  Oakland, however, picked up a huge win on the road over the Red Sox recently, and this should really be a momentum boost for their squad.  The Athletics have not been very effective on the road; However, Toronto has struggled at Rodgers Centre this year as well.  in all, this will be an interesting game between two teams that will be focused on getting a win in the finale in which to build from moving forward.

Against The Spread Selection: Oakland Athletics

My reason for the pick :

Again, the Blue Jays are indeed struggling at this point in the season.  While the A’s have also had their rough patches recently, they have, however, managed to get some huge series wins against decent teams.  It is for this reason that I will back the Oakland Athletics to have a great showing in game 3.  Not only are they the better team at his point, but, they have certainly played more consistent overall lately.  In all, I will take Oakland to dominate the Blue Jays at home on Sunday.

Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:

  • Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics

    • The Under is 8-6 in Athletics last 10 games
    • The Under is 7-4 in Athletics last 11 road games

Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:

  • Betting Trends for Toronto Blue Jays

    • The Blue Jays are 3-8 in last 11 home games
    • The Blue Jays are 5-9 in last 14 games
    • The Under is 6-1 in Blue Jays last 7 home games

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