The Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland A’s meet in MLB action from RingCentral Coliseum on Monday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to build on their 7-2 win over Atlanta on Sunday. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the Blue Jays across the board with a .337 batting average, a .486 OBP, 29 hits with 7 home runs and 20 RBIs. Bo Bichette also has 7 home runs with 16 RBIs as well as a team-high 6 doubles while Cavan Biggio has the dubious distinction of leading Toronto with 30 strikeouts this season. Steven Matz will start on Monday and is 4-1 with a 4.00 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. This will be Matz’s second career start against the A’s.
The Oakland A’s will look to build on a 7-5 win over Baltimore in their last matchup. Matt Olson leads the A’s with a .314 batting average, 27 hits and 7 home runs while sharing the team lead in RBIs with Jed Lowrie as both have 19 RBIs on the year. Mark Canha has a .389 OBP while Ramon Laureano and Matt Chapman each have a pair of triples while Olson and Lowrie each have a team-high 6 doubles as well on the season. Frankie Montas is expected to start here and is 2-2 with a 6.20 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. This will be Montas’ first career start against Toronto.
Toronto is 4-10 in their last 14 games as a road underdog and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 road games. Oakland is 8-2 in their last 10 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 18-6-2 in their last 26 games against the AL East. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.
You’re not going to get Oakland and cheap prices very often in the future, and Toronto is going to be a team to watch in the coming months but I think for Monday’s matchup, it’s shaping out to be a pitcher’s duel. Matz will likely be better after facing a team that’s not a familiar face like Washington was and Montas has had good stuff when he’s really on for Oakland. I think a low scoring battle is in store on Monday, so give me the under.