Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/5/14
Toronto Blue Jays (47-40) at Oakland Athletics (52-33)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Mark Buehrle (L) (10-5) (2.497) vs. Scott Kazmir (L) (9-3) (2.613)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -142 / Toronto Blue Jays +132 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, CSN-CA, MLB Net
The Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics will play game three of four on Saturday night.
The Blue Jays have lost six of their last nine games and are six games below a .500 record. The Blue Jays offense has been in a bit of a funk lately, producing three or fewer runs in four of their last six games. Edwin Encarnacion has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Jose Bautista has homered twice in his last four games. The Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.03, 24th in the majors. Starting is Mark Buehrle, who is 10-5 with a 2.50 ERA and has 67 strikeouts in 115.1 innings. Buehrle is 8-13 with a 3.63 ERA in 31 career games against the Athletics.
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The Athletics have won six of their last nine games and are 20 games above a .500 record. The A’s offense continues to carry the way, scoring four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Brandon Moss has six extra base hits in his last 10 games and Yoenis Cespedes has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. The Athletics pitching staff has an ERA of 3.23, fourth in the majors. Scott Kazmir takes the hill, and he’s 9-3 with a 2.61 ERA and has 91 strikeouts in 103.1 innings. Kazmir is 4-6 with a 3.80 ERA in 16 career starts against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 6-2 in Buehrles last 8 road starts and 1-4 in Buehrles last 5 starts. The Athletics are 4-0 in Kazmirs last 4 starts as a home favorite and 13-4 in Kazmirs last 17 starts overall.
Two solid pitchers and two offenses that can strike at any moment. This is as close to a toss-up as you're going to get. I'll take the road team and the plus money.