The Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics play the second of a four-game series on Tuesday night, with Oakland looking for a second straight win. First pitch is scheduled for a 9:40 p.m. ET at Oakland Coliseum.
Toronto had a three-game winning streak snapped with Monday’s 5-4 setback to the Athletics. The Blue Jays are 14-13 and in second place in the AL East standings, two games behind the Boston Red Sox.
Oakland has won two in a row to improve to 18-12. The Athletics lead the AL West by two games over both the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
Looking at the MLB odds, Oakland has a moneyline of -118 while Toronto is at +108. The over/under for the game has been set at nine runs.
Living Up To Expectations
Looking at the statistical leaders for the Blue Jays, you’ll find Vladimir Guerrero Jr. atop a number of categories. The 22-year-old designated hitter is tied for the team lead in home runs with seven while pacing the Blue Jays with 20 RBI, 22 walks, and a .356 batting average.
Guerrero is coming off a 3-for-4 night with a double and an RBI, and he’s scored in four straight games.
Shortstop Bo Bichette also has seven home runs to go with a .266 batting average, six doubles, 17 RBI, and a team-high 21 runs scored. Center fielder Randal Grichuk is batting .296 with four doubles, five home runs, 19 RBI, and 13 runs scored.
Left-hander Anthony Kay will make his second start for Toronto. Kay (0-1, 10.80 ERA) is hoping for a better outing than his first, which came April 15 against Kansas City.
In that game, Kay went 3⅓ innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits, striking out three, and walking none. The 26-year-old has only made three starts in his 17 appearances in the majors over his three-year career.
Oakland Athletics will have left-hander Cole Irvin making the start. He’s 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA. Irvin could use a little more offensive support after he took the loss in his last outing despite holding Tampa Bay to two runs on seven hits over six innings as the Blue Jays lost 2-0.
Irvin has looked a lot better in his last three outings, going a total of 17⅓ innings and allowing three earned runs on 19 hits, striking out 20, and walking two. That was after his first two starts — both against Houston — left him with an 0-2 record and a 7.45 ERA.
The hottest hitter for the Athletics right now is center fielder Ramon Laureano, who hit a home run for the third consecutive day in Monday’s opener. The 26-year-old has six home runs to go with four doubles and three triples and has driven in 14 runs and scored 17 times.
Second baseman Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 for the second straight day, hitting two doubles and knocking in a run to push his team-leading RBI total to 20. First baseman Matt Olson leads the Athletics with a .303 batting average and seven home runs, knocking in 19 runs and scoring 14 times.
Oakland Wins Again
The Athletics have been playing solid baseball over the last few weeks, and they have the advantage on the mound. Irvin has been much better over his last three starts, and he should be able to slow down the Toronto offense.
With an inexperienced starter on the mound for the Blue Jays, Oakland’s bats should stay hot. Look for the Athletics to take this game easily.
When doing your MLB betting, take the host Athletics to get the win.