Toronto Blue Jays (46-53) vs Oakland Athletics (58-43)Date : 07/30/2018
Time : 10:05 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Toronto Blue Jays vs Oakland Athletics
Game 1 of a 3-game set versus the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics will take lace at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California, on Monday night at 10:05 pm EST. The Blue Jays continue to occupy 4th place within the AL Est division while the Athletics are in 3rd place within a competitive AL West division. In their last outing, the Toronto Blue Jays were swept in a 3-game home set versus the Minnesota Twins on 7-26-2018 by losing the finale by a 12-6 score. Sam Gaviglio was not as sharp and received the no decision as he pitched 5 innings while allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 4 strikeouts with a 4.65 ERA while Ervin Santana pitched 5 innings in his return to the mound while giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 5 strikeouts with a 5.40 ERA in the win, yet, he received the no decision as well. Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales, Luke Maile, and Kendall Grichuk each had 3 hits with Morales and Maile having 2 RBI’s apiece in a loss which they plated 16 runners. The Twins had 17 hits for the game with Mitch Garver going 4-6 with 5 RBI’s and Joe Mauer going 3-7 with 3 RBI’s in the win. Toronto would go on to win the opener of a 3-game road set versus the Chicago White Sox on 7-27-2018 by a 10-5 score, thus ending a 3-game losing skid.
The Oakland A’s would complete a 4-game road sweep of the Texas Rangers on 7-26-2018 in winning by a 7-6 score to where the A’s would cash in on the money line (-144) while the over was the play with total runs being set at 11 for the game. Matt Chapman was 3-3 for the game with an RBI while Nick Martini was 2-2 with an RBI in the win. Trevor Cahill (2-2) picked up the win to get to .500 for the year as he pitched 5 innings while gibing up 5 runs on 7 hits for a 3.43 ERA for the game. On the other hand, Bartolo Colon (5-9) took the loss for the Rangers as he pitched 7 innings while surrendering 6 runs on 9 hits with a homer and 4 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.02. The A’ would go on to end a 6-game winning streak by dropping game 1 of a 3-game road set to the Colorado Rockies by a 3-1 score on 7-27-2018.
Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :
The Blue Jays are losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 4-1. After sweeping a 3-game home set versus the Orioles on 7-22-2018, the Blue Jays would be swept in their following series, a 3-game home set versus the Twins on 7-25-2018. They would go on to recover in the opener of a 3-game road set versus the Chicago White Sox on 7-27-2018 by getting the 10-5 win.
For the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are averaging 4.50 runs per game (14th) with a team batting average of .240 (23rd), 137 homers (7th) along with 30 stolen bases (28th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.59 (23rd) with 866 strikeouts (18th) along with 38 quality starts on the season (24th).
Kevin Pillar (.247 BA on 344 AB), Justin Smoak (.253 BA on 336 AB), and Yangervis Solarte (.234 BA on 394 AB) have been the offensive spearheads for the Toronto Blue Jays this season.
Marco Estrada (4-7, 4.72, 89.2 IP, 48 runs, 93 hits, 15 HR’s, 25 BB, and 70 SO’s) has been a serviceable piece to the rotation this year for the Blue Jay’s bullpen this year.
Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :
The Oakland Athletics have won 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2. Recently, the A’s would win a 3-game road set against the San Francisco Giants at home on 7-22-2018 while also winning a 4-game road set against the Texas Rangers on 7-26-2018. This momentum would not carry on into their next series, a 3-game road set versus the Colorado Rockies as they would drop game 1 by a 3-1 score.
For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.78 runs per game (9th) with a team batting average of .248 (13th), 142 homers (6th), along with 23 stolen bases (30th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.02 (16th) with 794 strikeouts (25th) along with 45 quality starts on the season (11th).
Jed Lowrie (.279 BA on 390 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.262 BA on 347 AB), Marcus Semien (.255 BA on 423 AB), and Matt Chapman (.269 BA on 320 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.231 BA on 381 AB) and Khris Davis (.251 B on 366 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.
Sean Manaea (9-7, 135.1 IP, 54 R, 112 H, 19 HR, 24 BB, 93 SO, 3.46 ERA) has been the leader for this Oakland pitching staff all year.
How Toronto Blue Jays & Oakland Athletics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Blue Jays are 47-55 ATS while the O/U is 50-46-6. On the other hand, the Athletics are 52-53 ATS while the O/U is 51-46-8.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Neither of the pitchers for this matchup have been determined, however, this series will be one where two teams trending at opposite ends of the win loss column will meet up with each looking to get an all-important win in which to extend their stellar streak of outstanding play, or, come out of their current funk in which to pick up some much-needed wins in which to get back into the swing of things within their respective division. On one hand, you have the Blue Jays who are losers of 9 of their last 14 games, overall, along with being losers of their last 3 before their most recent win against the White Sox, will continue their 10-game, 3-city road trip with a trip to Oakland Alameda where the A’s have played well this year, particularly lately, with a record of just above average (26-22). Nonetheless, while they struggled early in 2018, Oakland has won 21 of their last 26 contests including 8 of their last 10 home games. Their offense has been on fire in averaging a tad under 9 runs per game in their last 5 games while their pitching has allowed 29 runs during this time. Toronto, on the other hand, has struggled on offense in their last 5 averaging only 3.5 runs per game while the pitching staff has surrendered 30 runs during this time. In all, it will be interesting to see if Oakland, to whom I feel certainly has the momentum in this contest, can set the tone early in this series against a reeling Blue Jays team in which to continue their stellar play. I really do not see the Blue Jays performing well within this set, however, its major league sports. Expect anything as nothing is ever as it may seem.
Against The Spread Selection: Games 1, 2, & 3: Oakland Athletics
My reason for the pick :
I will pick Oakland to sweep this set against the Blue Jays simply due to the statistics presented. The Jays have struggled throughout the season and have lost 6 of their last 8 on the road while the A’s offense have remained on fire and certainly looking to tee off on this inconsistent pitching staff for the Jays. It would be important to note that the A’s swept a 4-game set against the Jays at Rodgers Centre on 5-20-2018. In all, with the A’s knocking on the door of the 2nd place slot within the division, you can expect this ball club to be focused on taking advantage of the Jays problems at the plate and on the mound in which to (maybe) overtake that spot from a Seattle Mariners team that has looked very shaky lately in losing 6 of their last 9 contests.
Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:
- Betting Trends for Toronto Blue Jays
- The Under is 35-12-5 in Blue Jays last 52 Saturday games
- The Over is 18-8 in Blue Jays last 26 games on grass
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:
- Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics
- The Athletics are 8-1 in last 9 games
- The Athletics are 6-2 in last 8 home games
- The Under is 5-2-1 in Athletics in last 8 home games