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Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/3/14

Toronto Blue Jays (46-39) at Oakland Athletics (51-32)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 9:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

R.A. Dickey (R) (6-7) (4.241) vs. Sonny Gray (R) (7-3) (3.202)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -164 / Toronto Blue Jays +154 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNET, CSN-CA

The Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics will begin a four-game series on Thursday.

The Blue Jays have been up and down, winning five of their last eight games and currently eight games above .500. The Blue Jays pitching staff continues to struggle, allowing four or more runs in six of their last eight games. Overall, the Blue Jays have 24th worst ERA in baseball at 4.05. Offensively, Edwin Encarnacion has a 10-game hitting streak and Jose Bautista has homered in back-to-back games. R.A. Dickey gets the ball, and he’s 6-7 with a 4.24 ERA and has 88 strikeouts in 104 innings. Dickey is 2-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 15 career games against the Athletics.

Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/3/14

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The Athletics have lost five of their last nine games, but are still a solid 18 games above .500. Coming off a sweep of the Detroit Tigers, the A’s have allowed four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Athletics have second best ERA in baseball at 3.19. Offensively, Brandon Moss has 15 hits in his last 10 games and Yoenis Cespedes is riding a 15-game hitting streak. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 7-3 with a 3.20 ERA and has 90 strikeouts in 104 innings. This is Gray’s second career start against the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays are 4-1 in Dickeys last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 1-6 in Dickeys last 7 starts as a road underdog. The Athletics are 15-7 in Grays last 22 starts and 9-4 in Grays last 13 starts as a favorite. The Blue Jays are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland.

Tough to go against Gray at home, especially with the A's struggling a little bit. You know it's only a matter of time before they continue their winning ways. No better time with their ace on the mound in Oakland. 

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Oakland Athletics -164

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