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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics - 7/24/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (44-54) at Toronto Blue Jays (44-54)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Chris Smith (0-0) (2.77) vs. F Liriano (5-5) (6.15)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -155 / Oakland Athletics +145 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NSCA

The Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays meet Monday in MLB action at Rogers Centre.

The Oakland Athletics could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 96 hits and 34 RBI while Ryon Healy and Khris Davis have combined for 179 hits and 123 RBI. Chris Smith gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 2.77 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. This will be Smith’s second career game against the Blue Jays. 

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics - 7/24/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Blue Jays could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Blue Jays have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Justin Smoak leads the Blue Jays with 100 hits and 64 RBI while Kevin Pillar and Kendrys Morales have combined for 185 hits and 76 RBI. Francisco Liriano gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 6.15 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 5-4 with a 4.30 ERA and 93 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. American League East, 1-5 in their last 6 Monday games and 16-36 in their last 52 during game 1 of a series. The Blue Jays are 4-10 in their last 14 during game 1 of a series, 6-1 in Lirianos last 7 home starts and 9-3 in Lirianos last 12 starts. The Athletics are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Toronto and the over is 5-1-3 in the last 9 meetings.

Smith has been pretty solid in his two starts for a pitcher who hasn't pitched in forever, while Liriano has been hit around all season long. However, the A's continue to struggle on the road, while the Blue Jays have won seven of Liriano's last 10 starts, and he's been much better at home than he has been on the road. This is a game the Toronto Blue Jays should win on their home field.

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