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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB: Saturday, April 20, 2019, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, 4:07 PM ET
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics will lock horns Saturday afternoon in the second game of a three-game series at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. Marcus Stroman will get the ball for the Blue Jays, while Aaron Brooks will get the starting call for the Athletics. The tip-off is set at 4:07 PM ET.
The Blue Jays continue their road trip after some good displays at Minnesota
The Toronto Blue Jays entered the series with the A’s off a 7-4 win at Minnesota this past Thursday to clinch a 3-1 victory in a four-game series with the Twins. The Blue Jays scored 19 runs over that four contests, allowing 16 in a return. Eric Sogard had a big game on Thursday with two hits, three RBIs, a .500 batting average, and a .538 on-base percentage. Joe Biagini won the game in his only inning of work Thursday night, while Clay Buchholz pitched 4.2 innings to allow six hits and three runs. The Blue Jays’ offense is 22nd in the league with 75 runs on 141 hits, a .217 batting average, a .290 on-base percentage, and 233 total bases.
Matt Shoemaker will take the mound for the Blue Jays tonight, and he’s 3-0 in four starts this season with a 1.75 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, 23 strikeouts, and nine walks, allowing 13 hits and five earned runs. The right-hander is 43-32 in his career with a 3.83 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, 513 strikeouts, and 138 walks in 570.2 innings of work. Freddy Galvis will lead the Blue Jays’ bats, recording 24 hits, five home runs, 11 RBIs, a .320 batting average, and a .346 on-base percentage this season.
The A’s are looking to extend their domination over the Blue Jays
The Oakland Athletics entered this series off a 2-1 victory over Houston this past Wednesday to split a two-game series with the Astros at home. Frankie Montas earned his third win of the season, pitching 6.1 innings with a 2.70 ERA, six strikeouts, and two walks while giving up three hits and one earned run. Matt Chapman and Mark Canha scored for the A’s who had just four hits. The Athletics’ offense is tied-3rd in the league with 104 runs on 179 hits, a .251 batting average, a .318 on-base percentage, and 321 total bases.
Mike Fiers will take the hill for the Athletics tonight, and he’s 2-1 in five starts this season with a 7.06 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, 16 strikeouts, and ten walks, giving up 24 hits and 17 earned runs. The right-hander is 56-56 in his career with a 4.11 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, 843 strikeouts, and 277 walks in 919.2 innings of work. Marcus Semien and Khris Davis will lead the Athletics’ bats. Semien has 25 hits, 10 RBIs, a .316 batting average, and a .396 on-base percentage, while Davis recorded 20 hits, 20 RBIs, a .260 batting average, and a .305 on-base percentage. Davis is leading the American League in home runs with 10.
- 7-1 in the last eight meetings with Toronto
- 6-2 in the last eight contests at home
Toronto Blue Jays:
- 2-7 in the last nine road meetings with Oakland
- 4-8 in the last 12 games on the road
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The well-rested Athletics have a nice chance to build on that 2-1 win to the Astros, and they’ve been dominating the Blue Jays lately, winning seven straight head-to-head duels. Also, the Blue Jays have won just two of their previous nine outings at Oakland Coliseum. Matt Shoemaker is on a perfect start of the season, but he will have a tall task against the A’s bats tonight, so I’m backing the hosts to win the second game of the series.
Prediction: Oakland Athletics (-145)
Full-Game Total Pick
While the Blue Jays are pretty much hit-or-miss when it comes to the totals, the over has hit in eight of the A’s previous nine games overall. The Athletics had just three runs over a two-game series with the Astros, but they should have a much easier job against the Blue Jays, so I’m taking the over.
Prediction: Over 8.5 (-110)
Full-Game Prop Bet
The A’s have scored just four runs in the total over their previous three outings following five consecutive games with seven or more runs scored. They will face Matt Shoemaker today, but I expect the Athletics’ bats to bounce back in front of the home audience, so I’m taking Oakland in the over on its team totals.
Prediction: Team Totals: Oakland Athletics over 4.5 (+115)
First Five Innings Side Pick
The opening game of the series had six runs over the first five innings. The Blue Jays’ last three games had five or more runs in the first five innings, while four of the Athletics’ previous five outings had six or more runs over the first five innings. Hereof, I’m backing the over, expecting to see a high-scoring affair.
Prediction: Over 4.5 (-110)