Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (9-7) at Toronto Blue Jays (8-9)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
C Bassitt (0-0) (2.79) vs. J Happ (2-0) (1.89)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -150 / Oakland Athletics +140 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics take the field in game two of their series at the Rogers Centre.
The Oakland Athletics are playing well and whether that continues over the long haul is the question. It did Friday in the series opener at Toronto with an 8-5 victory. A’s starter Sonny Gray received a lead and was tough with three runs allowed on six hits and a trio of BB before Ryan Dull allowed two more in the 8th. The Athletics amassed 16 hits and walked twice with Chris Couglin leading the way with a homer, three RBI’s and two runs with Kris Davis knocking in two more while Stephen Vogt went 3-3 with an RBI and run. Chris Bassit draws the game two start for the Oakland Athletics for his first career meeting with the Blue Jays. Bassit comes off of a 3-2 decision versus Kansas City wit both runs plated on six hits over seven frames.
USA TODAY Sports
The Toronto Blue Jays are known for their prowess at the plate but there are times when the work on the mound has to shoulder the load and that wasn’t the case in the series opener. Starter Aaron Sanchez put the Blue Jays behind the eight ball with six runs plated on ten hits through 4.1 frames before Roberto Osuna gave up a pair of 9th inning runs. The Jays totaled eight hits and walked five times with Darwin Barney going 2-2 with a homer, two RBI’s and two runs while Kevin Pillar knocked in two runs and scored. JA Happ will be on the hill for the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Happ is 2-0 thanks to a 4-3 victory at the Red Sox where he gave up a single run on four hits and a BB in seven innings.
The under is 10-2-2 in Oakland’s last 14 on astroturf and Oakland are 2-9 in their last 11 games on astroturf while the under is 11-3 in their last 14 overall. The over is 6-1-1 in Toronto’s last 8 Saturday games and the under is 12-3-1 in their last 16 overall while the Blue Jays are 48-23 in their last 71 home games. The under is 11-2-1 in the last 14 meetings. I don’t think Toronto is a lock here and can easily lose but I think they get one here…