The Oakland Athletics try for a fourth straight win when they take on the visiting Toronto Blue Jays in the third of a four-game series on Wednesday night. The first pitch for this contest is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.
Toronto dropped its second straight to the Athletics on Tuesday night, falling 4-1. The loss put the Blue Jays at .500 on the season at 14-14 and dropped them to fourth place in the American League East standings, a half-game behind both the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays and just a game ahead of the fifth-place Baltimore Orioles.
Oakland improved to 19-12 with the victory. The Athletics are in first place in the AL West, leading the second-place Seattle Mariners by two games.
The MLB odds for this one give the Athletics a moneyline of -122 while the Blue Jays are at +112. The over/under for this contest is set at eight runs.
Needing a Win
The Blue Jays are going to need to put together some wins to stay close in the AL East race. The Yankees and Rays have winning streaks of four and three games, respectively, so Toronto can’t afford a prolonged slump.
Left-hander Robbie Ray will try to stop the bleeding, taking the mound Wednesday for his fifth start. Ray is 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA, striking out 20 while walking nine.
Ray picked up his first win in his last outing, going a season-high 6.2 innings against Atlanta. He gave up two earned runs on five hits, including a home run, while striking out five and walking none. Ray has allowed at least one home run in three of his four starts.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went hitless for the second time in three games on Tuesday, but he’s still hitting .340 to rank seventh in baseball. Guerrero has five doubles, seven home runs and 20 RBIs to lead the Toronto offense.
The Blue Jays were hoping George Springer would help ignite the offense, especially after he had two home runs on Saturday in his first week of action. But Springer was removed from Sunday’s game and hasn’t played since, classified as day to day as his right quadriceps continues to give him trouble.
“Every day, we have a conversation on how he feels,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Springer. “We want him to play whenever he’s comfortable to do it. Whether it’s DH or in the outfield, that’s what’s going on right now.”
Keeping it Rolling
Right-hander Chris Bassitt will try to keep the Oakland roll going on Wednesday night. Bassitt is 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA, striking out 36 and walking 12 in 34.1 innings.
Bassitt hasn’t lost since the first week of the season and is coming off a solid outing against Tampa Bay last week. Bassitt went six innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits, including a home run, striking out nine and walking just one. Oakland has won the last four games that Bassitt has started.
First baseman Matt Olson is hitless in this series but hwent 3-for-5 day with a double and a home run on Sunday. Olson is batting .290 with a team-high seven home runs to go with 19 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
Second baseman Jed Lowrie had two RBIs in Tuesday’s win, raising his team-leading total to 22. Lowrie has nine doubles, three home runs and 16 runs scored, batting .283.
Oakland Continues to Roll
The Blue Jays have a lot of potential, but they just haven’t been able to put it together consistently. Springer will help, but the rest of the lineup needs to warm up soon as well.
Bassitt should be able to keep Toronto’s offense quiet in this one, though. Oakland is playing very well and will make it three straight over the Blue Jays.
When doing your MLB betting, go with Oakland to get the win on Wednesday.
Pick: Oakland Athletics -122