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2021 MLB Handicapping
(74-62) Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays (72-62)
Date: Sunday, September 5, 2021
Time: 1:07 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Centre, Toronto
Projected Pitchers: Irvin (OAK), Ray (TOR)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Athletics +170 Blue Jays -189
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Athletics -115, Blue Jays -105
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9.0
Oakland didn’t give up a lead on Saturday but it simply got too far behind early and couldn’t quite make up the ground at the end to drop a second straight to Toronto and fall further behind in the wildcard chase.
Behind 10–3 in the ninth, the A’s put five on the board before Jordan Romano got the 27th out to preserve a Toronto victory.
The A’s have one more chance to salvage a game in this series in Toronto before a day off Monday to travel back home, where it will play six games in a row this week.
Cole Irvin has gone just 9–12 in 26 starts this season despite an ERA that’s 10 percent better than the MLB average.
He has reverse splits and is actually much tougher on righties than he is on lefties. He showed that off in his first and only start against the Blue Jays earlier this year when he dazzled Toronto’s right-handed heavy lineup over eight innings — three hits, one run, and nine strikeouts.
After being hit in the head with a pitch on Friday and leaving the game, Starling Marte did not play Saturday. It’s unclear whether the A’s will have their table-setting outfielder back in the lineup for this one.
Toronto Blue Jays
Three consecutive wins and six of their last seven have the Blue Jays climbing in the AL wildcard, though still five full games behind Boston and with Oakland and Seattle in-between.
The Blue Jays would leapfrog the Athletics by completing the sweep on Sunday but they would need help to get in the dance, namely from Boston, which they do not meet again this season.
Robbie Ray is the guy to get the job done on Sunday, though. The lefty leads the Blue Jays in Wins Above Replacement in his second season with the club.
In 26 starts this season, Ray is 10–5 with a sparkling 2.71 ERA. The only other season he’s had in his career that can compare with this one was in 2017 with Arizona, when he was named to his only All-Star team.
That year, Ray’s ERA+ was on par with this one; his strikeouts were a little higher but so were his walks. This season, he’s walking fewer batters than he ever has in his career.
He gave up three runs in six innings the first time these two teams met in Oakland way back in early May.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Athletics are 3-7 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Athletics are 2-6 in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Athletics are 0-5 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series.
- Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
- Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right handed starter.
- Blue Jays are 10-3 in their last 13 Sunday games.
- Blue Jays are 15-7 in their last 22 games on astroturf.
Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Prediction: more runs late.
After two wild, high-scoring games on Friday and Saturday, could Sunday’s starting pitching matchup be the one that produces something that gives the under a chance?
Not likely. Ray and Irvin could pitch well (or they could not) but even if they do, the bullpens for both of these teams are dreadful and terribly worn-out.
So look for runs to pile in late. The over has cashed in the later innings with ease in the first two games and I suspect the same may happen in a third consecutive game here.
4* Free Pick: Over 9.0
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