Oakland Athletics at Toronto Blue Jays
|Date & Time||Sunday April 28, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
Oakland Athletics -109 / Toronto Blue Jays -101 -- O/U: 9
The Oakland A’s and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in the finale of a three game set in MLB action from Rogers Centre on Sunday afternoon.
The Oakland A’s will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the set following a 7-1 loss in game two on Saturday. Ramon Laureano went 2 for 4 with a double while Matt Chapman added a double of his own and Nick Hundley chipped in a base hit as Oakland mustered up just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Brett Anderson took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the year after allowing six runs on ten hits over 4.1 innings of work. Chris Bassitt will start game three and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Bassitt’s second career start against Toronto.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to complete their second sweep of Oakland this season after making it five wins in a row over the A’s after their win on Saturday. Randal Grichuk went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs while Eric Sogard, Teoscar Hernandez, Rowdy Tellez and Danny Jansen each had an RBI with Sogard and Jansen each adding a double. Brandon Drury went 3 for 3 with a double while Justin Smoak, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Alen Hanson each had a base knock to cap off Toronto’s offense in the win. Aaron Sanchez got the win after allowing just an unearned run on two hits while walking and whiffing four apiece over five innings of work. Trent Thornton will start game three and is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Thornton’s first career start against Oakland.
Oakland is 5-0 in Bassitt’s last 5 starts and 2-6 in their last 8 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 12-4 in their last 16 games overall. Toronto is 0-5 in Thornton’s last 5 starts and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 14-4 in their last 18 home games. Oakland is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The line with Oakland is tempting considering that Bassitt looked good in his season debut, tossing five shutout innings, but the fact is that even though Thornton has had his issues, this line is showing no respect to Toronto. The Blue Jays have owned Oakland this season and have been the better team for most of the first two games of the series. I think this is a game where Thornton finally gets some positive results, so I’ll side with Toronto for another sweep here.