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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick- 8/9/13

Oakland Athletics (64-49) at Toronto Blue Jays (53-61)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 9, 2013 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Jarrod Parker (R) (7-6) (4.023) vs. Esmil Rogers (R) (2-4) (4.773)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +112 / Oakland Athletics -122 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNET, CSN-California

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland A’s face off on Friday in Toronto as they meet for game one of their series.

The Toronto Blue Jays have had a tough season as hopes of a return to the post season have faded. The Blue Jays are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 28-28 at home this season, and they are 16 games back in the AL East. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .254 with Jose Reyes hitting .312, Edwin Encarnacion hitting .283, and Adam Lind hitting .281.  As a team the Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 4.34 with the starters at 5.15 and the bullpen at 3.08. For game one against the A’s the Blue Jays start Esmil Rogers, who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Rogers has allowed 110 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 65 over 93.2 innings for a 3-6 record and a 4.61 ERA.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick- 8/9/13

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The Oakland A’s looked to be taking control of the AL West, but their own mediocre play, combined with a run by the Rangers have the A’s back in a virtual tie. The Athletics are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 29-29 on the road this season, and they are .001 percentage points ahead of Texas in the standings. As a team, the A’s are hitting .242, whith Josh Donaldson hitting .294, Jed Lowrie hitting .288, and Eric Sogard hitting .278. The A’s pitching staff has a 3.62 ERA, with the starters at 3.96 and the bullpen at 2.93. For game one against the Jays, the Athletics start Jarrod Parker, who won last time out to end a string of six consecutive no-decisions. For the season, Parker has allowed 114 hits and 59 earned runs, while striking out 90 over 132 innings for a 7-6 record and a 4.02 ERA.

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Toronto is 3-7 in their last 10 home games, 15-7 against the AL West, and 0-4 in Rogers’ last four starts. Oakland is 7-3 in their last 10 against the AL East, 1-4 in their last five games following a loss, and 2-5 in Parker’s last seven starts. Oakland is 5-2 in their last seven games in Toronto.

The total in this one is set to the high side but I still like the over with my Free Pick. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that strong pick in the Premium Area.

Over 9

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