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MLB: Thursday, May 17, Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, 7:07 PM ET.
Fresh off their series win over the Boston Red Sox, the Oakland Athletics will be looking for another series win when they face the struggling Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of their four-game weekend series on Thursday night.
Andrew Triggs, who is 3-1 with a 5.31 ERA, will take the mound for Oakland. Toronto will counter with Aaron Sanchez, who is 2-3 with a 4.08 ERA.
Oakland Trying To Stay Hot
The Athletics have played well over the past few games, winning three of their last four games, including a series win over the Boston Red Sox. They will be trying to keep their good run going when they face the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Offensively, the A’s have been hot lately, scoring 10 runs in their last three games. Their .249 batting average is 13th in the league this season, and the 191 runs they have scored so far is 12th. With the Blue Jays pitchers struggling this season, the A’s should be able to score some runs against them.
Oakland’s pitching hasn’t been as good as their offense, but they have played well in recent games. So far, they are allowing opponents to bat .261 against them, which is 25th in the league. Their 4.30 ERA is 18th in the league.
If the A’s want to win on Thursday, they will need Triggs to bounce back from his previous performance, in which he gave up six hits and six earned runs, including three home runs, in 4.1 innings.
Blue Jays Trying To Build On Win
The Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided getting swept by the New York Mets in their last game. Now, they will be trying to build on the win and reduce their deficit in the AL East. However, they will have their hands full with an A’s team that is coming off a series win against the Red Sox.
Offensively, the Blue Jays don’t hit the ball well and have a .230 batting average, which is 26th in the league. However, they make the most of their opportunities and have scored 201 runs this season, which is ninth in the league.
Like the A’s, Toronto’s pitching staff hasn’t been playing very well. They allow opponents to bat .267 against them, which is 27th in the league. Their 4.59 ERA is 23rd in the league.
In his last start, Sanchez gave up five hits and three runs in five innings. The Blue Jays will need a better performance from him on Thursday to get the win.
- 10-2 in their last 12 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- 8-2 in their last 10 vs. American League East.
- 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series.
- 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
- 3-8 in their last 11 home games.
- 1-4 in Sanchez’s last 5 home starts.
The Athletics have been great in their last 10 games against AL East opponents, while the Blue Jays have struggled at home, especially when Sanchez starts.