4* MLB SMASH
Toronto vs. Oakland,
05/08/2012 22:05 EDT,
Score: 3 - 7
Money Line: -125 Toronto
4* MLB SMASH on Blue Jays -125
Off back-to-back defeats, the Blue Jays will be lacking no focus or hunger when they take the field against an inferior Oakland club.
Oakland only has one less win than the Jays right now, but be rest assured that won't be the case by season's end.
Oakland's offense has been horrible. The A's are only scoring 3.3 runs/game while batting just .213. They're only hitting .208 at home and .201 versus southpaw starters. They don't figure to get much of anything off Romero, who is 4-0 with an ERA of 1.49 in 5 career starts against the A's.
The Blue Jays are 16-5 in Romero's last 21 starts, 11-1 in his last 12 starts on 5 days' rest, 4-0 in his last 4 starts as a road favorite and 9-0 in his last 9 starts as a favorite of -110 to -150.
The Jays haven't hit the ball as well as they're capable of, but they certainly have more pop than Oakland, as evidence by their 4.8 runs/game average. They should have an opportunity to get the McCarthy, who has a 4.08 ERA in 6 career starts versus the Jays.
The Athletics are 1-4 in McCarthy's last 5 home starts and 4-14 in their last 18 games as a home underdog. Take Toronto.