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Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/1/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays (48-58) at Oakland Athletics (63-46)
Date & Time Wednesday August 1, 2018, 3:35 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics -130 / Toronto Blue Jays +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Toronto Blue Jays (48-58) at Oakland Athletics (63-46)
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The Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum. 

The Toronto Blue Jays could use a feel good win after losing six of their last eight games. The Blue Jays have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine straight games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost six of their last eight games when allowing at least four runs. Offensively, Yangervis Solarte leads the Blue Jays with 94 hits and 53 RBI while Justin Smoak and Kevin Pillar have combined for 173 hits and 92 RBI. Marcus Stroman gets the ball, and he is 4-7 with a 5.20 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Stroman is 0-0 with a 4.96 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Athletics have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 12 straight games when scoring more than two runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 112 hits and 39 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis have combined for 207 hits and 152 RBI. Sean Manaea gets the ball, and he is 9-7 with a 3.46 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. Manaea is 1-0 with a 4.30 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 4-17 in their last 21 Wednesday games and 5-2 in Stromans last 7 starts. The Athletics are 5-0 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 4-0 in Manaeas last 4 home starts and 7-2 in Manaeas last 9 starts. The Blue Jays are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Oakland, 0-5 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.

Betting against the Oakland Athletics in their current form just doesn't make much sense. The A's are getting it done from their starting pitching, lineup and bullpen, and you can just see the confidence across the board. The A's have been one of the hotter teams in baseball over the last month and are now just one game out of the last wild card spot in the AL. The Toronto Blue Jays can't get much going right now and are one of those teams counting the days until the offseason. I'm not betting against the A's right now.

Oakland Athletics -130

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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