AL West Meets AL East in Toronto
The Oakland Athletics, who are coming off a series win over the Tampa Bay Rays, will test their luck against the best team in the American League East this weekend. Oakland will face Toronto in the Rogers Centre for three games over the weekend.
If you bet on MLB, this is a game you should keep an eye on Friday night. MLB lines have the Blue Jays favored on the run line and -180 on the money line. Many people are placing their MLB picks on the Athletics because of the value at +160.
The total in the game has been set at 9 ½. The first pitch from Toronto is scheduled for 7:07 PM ET.
A’s Are Rolling
The Oakland Athletics are rolling following their series win over the Rays. Oakland was in Tampa Bay for four games, and they won three of the contests. They dominated the first game of the weekend, winning 13-2. They then lost in ten innings before winning the next two contests.
Oakland has been successful because of a variety of players on the roster. Elvis Andrus has been the star, slashing .308/.400/.577. Chad Pinder has also been successful with the power bat, posting two homers with five RBIs. Look for these two players to make an impact.
If Andrus and Pinder step up, Oakland has a chance to do something special this weekend. They will need to match Toronto’s power bats throughout their roster.
Split in the Bronx
The one issue that has been evident with the Blue Jays this MLB season is inconsistency. The Blue Jays are the most exciting team in the league because of their young talent and power bats. The team was shut out twice in the Bronx this week but also had two games where their bats were on full display.
For Toronto to win, they must hit the baseball. Vladimir Guerrero Jr is the player to watch for the Blue Jays. He is slashing .333/.357/.815 on the season with four homers and eight RBIs.
Guerrero had three homers in the Bronx on Wednesday night. This was a rarity, but he needs to lead the team with his bat for Toronto to win games.
Athletics vs Blue Jays Head-to-Head
This will be the first meeting of the season between the Athletics and Blue Jays.
Athletics vs Blue Jays Game Information
- Game: Athletics (4-3) vs Blue Jays (4-3)
- Location: Rogers Centre
- Day/Time: Friday, April 15th, 7:07 p.m. ET
- Streaming: MLB.tv
Athletics vs Blue Jays Betting Lines
Athletics vs Blue Jays Prediction
The Oakland Athletics have a tremendous amount of momentum heading into the weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The thing to watch is the pitching matchup in this game. If the Blue Jays can get to Daulton Jefferies, they should win this contest.
Although, this may be a tough task considering Jefferies is 1-0 on the year with an 0.80 WHIP over five innings of work. Ross Stripling, who will pitch for Toronto, struggled in his first outing. He went two innings and walked three batters, resulting in a 9.00 ERA.
If you are looking to bet online through BETUS Sportsbook, the Blue Jays have the best chance to win this game. It’s hard to believe Jefferies has a shot at repeating what he did in his first outing. For value, it’s best to take Toronto on the run line.