Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (51-41) at Oakland Athletics (39-51)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
J Happ (12-3) (3.36) vs. R Hill (9-3) (2.25)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -113 / Toronto Blue Jays +103 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCA, RSN
In Sunday MLB action from O.co Coliseum, the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics will clash once again.
This will be the third of a three-game set. In Friday’s opener, Oakland eked out an 8-7 win. On Saturday, the A’s managed another close win 5-4.
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For Sunday’s game, we’ll be getting another look at the Blue Jays’ JA Happ. In his 18 starts and 12-3 record this year, Happ has managed a 3.36 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP in 112.1 innings. In his last start against Detroit, Happ put up 5.2 innings with six hits and no earned for yet another win.
The Blue Jays have a lot of power in their lineup. Josh Donaldson sits atop the heap with 103 hits, 81 runs, 23 homers and 64 RBI. Kevin Pillar has managed 94 hits with 39 runs and 36 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has 24 homers with 81 RBI, 91 hits and 58 runs. Encarnacion managed a solo homer on Saturday.
The A’s will be countering with lefty Rich Hill on Sunday. Hill was originally slated to start Friday’s game, but was pushed back a couple of days due to a blister. In 13 starts and a 9-3 record this year, Hill has put up a 2.25 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP in 76 innings.
Oakland has an interesting crew atop their lineup. Khris Davis has been playing pretty well with his 22 homers, 60 RBI, 81 hits and 42 runs. Davis smacked two solo homers on Saturday. Jed Lowrie is up there on 78 hits with 26 runs and 22 RBI. Danny Valencia has gone yard 12 times with 33 RBI, 78 hits and 40 runs so far this year.
The Blue Jays are 8-3 in their last 11 overall, and 8-3 in their last 11 game threes of a series. Toronto is also 18-8 in their last 26 Sunday games, and 26-13 in their last 39 against the American League West.
As for the A’s, they’re 13-30 in their last 43 against the American League East, and 0-4 in their last four Sunday games. Oakland is also 9-20 in their last 29 home games versus a team with a winning road record and 2-4 in their last six home games.
I can’t find too many reasons to pick the A’s here, so I’ll stick with Toronto.