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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/26/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Toronto Blue Jays
Date & Time Friday April 26, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
Toronto Blue Jays -135 / Oakland Athletics +115 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
RSN
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The Oakland A’s and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in game one of a three game weekend set in MLB action from the Rogers Centre on Friday night.

The Oakland A’s will look to build on a three game sweep of the Texas Rangers, taking the series finale on Wednesday by a final score of 6-5. Marcus Semien led the A’s by going 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs while Matt Chapman added a solo homer and Jurickson Profar and Chad Pinder each had RBIs to round out Oakland’s scoring in the win. Stephen Piscotty and Nick Hundley each had a pair of hits and Ramon Laureano chipped in a double to cap off Oakland’s offense in the victory. Aaron Brooks went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Blake Treinen ended up with the win in relief to improve to 1-1 this season. Mike Fiers will start game one and is 2-2 with an 8.28 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA and 43 strikeouts against Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to bounce back after being swept by the San Francisco Giants, including a 4-0 loss in the finale of the two game set on Wednesday. Eric Sogard and Teoscar Hernandez each had a base hit as Toronto cranked out just two hits as a team in the losing effort, with the rest of the Blue Jays going 0 for 21 at the dish with 8 strikeouts. Clay Buchholz took the loss on the mound for Toronto, allowing four runs on six hits over five innings of work to fall to 0-1 this season. Marcus Stroman will start the opener and is 1-3 with a 1.76 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. In his career, Stroman is 1-1 with a 5.22 ERA and 28 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 11-4 in Fiers’ last 15 starts and 2-7 in their last 9 road games against a right-handed starter while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 games against the AL East. Toronto is 1-6 in Stroman’s last 7 starts and 1-4 in their last 5 home games while the under is 8-2 in Stroman’s last 10 home starts. Oakland is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the two teams in Toronto.

This game marks the debut of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the Blue Jays, Baseball America’s #1 prospect, who has been mentioned along the likes of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout as highly touted prospects who made their major league debut before the age of 20, so it will be interesting to see how he performs given how he was mashing the ball in triple-A. With that said, Stroman’s record doesn’t show it, going just 1-3, but he’s pitched very well, to the tune of a 1.76 ERA. The problem has been run support. That shouldn’t be an issue for Toronto as Fiers has yielded six runs in three straight starts for Oakland over just 10 innings of work. I think that Toronto will add to Fiers’ problems here, and the price isn’t bad either so I’ll lay the juice with Toronto in this spot.

Pick:
Toronto -135

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