The Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics meet Tuesday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Blue Jays have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the Blue Jays with 32 hits and 20 RBI while Randal Grichuk and Bo Buchette have combined for 58 hits and 36 RBI. Anthony Kay gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA and three strikeouts this season. This will be Kay’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Athletics have split their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 28 hits and 20 RBI while Mark Canha and Matt Olson have combined for 54 hits and 27 RBI. Cole Irvin gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. This will be Irvin’s first career game against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog. The Athletics are 9-2 in their last 11 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series. The over is 3-1-1 in Blue Jays last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Athletics last 7 overall. The Blue Jays are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland.
The Toronto Blue Jays are scoring enough to be worth a look in the underdog role, but they’re throwing out a pitcher in Anthony Kay who hasn’t pitched in three weeks and has just 3.1 innings under his belt this season. Cole Irvin has held his own through 27 innings and seems to be getting better and stronger through his last three starts. With two teams tearing the cover off the ball now, I give the Athletics the edge because of the starting pitching.