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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/20/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (24-22) at Toronto Blue Jays (22-24)
Date & Time Sunday May 20, 2018, 1:07 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +101 / Oakland Athletics -111 --- Over/Under: 9.5
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The Oakland Athletics and the Toronto Blue Jays square off in the finale of their four game set from Rogers Centre in MLB action on Sunday afternoon.

The Oakland Athletics will look to complete the four game sweep of the Jays after rallying from 4-0 down with five runs in the 8th to eke out a 5-4 win. Chad Pinder went 2 for 4 with a grand slam that eventually sealed the victory for the A’s, while Stephen Piscotty opened the scoring with an RBI single, going 2 for 4 to round out the scoring for Oakland in the W. Marcus Semien and Khris Davis each went 2 for 5 with a double, while Matt Olson and Jonathan Lucroy each contributed a base knock as well for Oakland. Sean Manaea gave up all four runs on five hits over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Emilio Pagan got the win to improve to 1-0, while Blake Treinen logged his 10th save of the year. Daniel Mengden will start game four and is 3-4 with a 3.75 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. In his career, Mengden is 0-0 with a 16.20 ERA and 2 strikeouts against Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays will try to salvage a win after losing the first three games of the set, including their loss on Saturday. Gio Urshela led the Jays with a two run home run, while Yangervis Solarte went 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI and Kevin Pilar added an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for Toronto in the loss. Kendrys Morales added a double while Justin Smoak went 2 for 3 to cap off the offense for the Jays in the defeat. Sam Gaviglio went 5.1 shutout innings, allowing just six hits while striking out six, not factoring in the decision. Tyler Clippard took his first loss and first blown save of the season after giving up the game winning grand slam to Chad Pinder in the 8th. Joe Biagini will start the finale and is 0-2 with a 7.98 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Biagini’s first career start against Oakland.

Oakland is 5-2 in Mengden’s last 7 starts and 9-1 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 game 4 matchups. Toronto is 3-14 in Biagini’s last 17 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 4-0-1 in Biagini’s last 5 home starts. Oakland is 3-12 in the last 15 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.

We kinda dodged a bullet yesterday taking Oakland, as the Jays decided to give Gaviglio the start. And it almost paid off however the normally reliable Jays’ bullpen blew it. I said it yesterday, and my thoughts won’t change after one day. Biagini can’t be trusted on the mound as Toronto has simply had no success with him starting games. Mengden has been very good on the mound, giving up two runs or less in six of his last six starts, and one run in four of those starts. Again, given the series so far and the pitching advantage, Oakland and the low line for the sweep has to be the play here.

Oakland -111

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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