Drew Hutchison (10-2, 5.42 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (6-7, 3.90 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (61-52) and the Oakland Athletics (51-62) at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays come into this series hoping to extend an eight-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and can be seen on CSCA and RSN.
Hutchison pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs (four unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 9-7 win over the Twins. Josh Donaldson (.297, 82 Rs, 31 HRs, 83 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play Sunday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Graveman went 5.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking one in a 7-3 defeat to the Orioles in his most recent start. Josh Reddick (.283, 45 Rs, 13 HRs, 60 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 2 for 5 Sunday with two RBIs.
The odds for Toronto and Oakland are Blue Jays -190, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 9. The Blue Jays have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in home offense with 5.6 runs per home game. The Blue Jays are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 153. Toronto leads the whole AL in walks at home, earning an average of 3.6 per game. Toronto's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.8 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.1. The Blue Jays are the top team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.7 hits per contest to their opponents this season.
Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.6 per game, ranking second in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Athletics are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 2-1. The Blue Jays have a 46-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Graveman takes the mound. Hutchison (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 42-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor
The Athletics won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Blue Jays are 12-23. The Athletics are 13-26 in close games this season.
Oakland has won 43% (21-28) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Toronto has won 58% (31-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 33-18 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 39-13. The Blue Jays have a 51-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league when it comes to runs with 597 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 14th with 463.
Ranking 12th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 325 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 379.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 55-28. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 33-25 record.