In the last of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (63-52) and the Oakland Athletics (51-64) at the Rogers Centre, Mark Buehrle (12-5, 3.34 ERA) and Sonny Gray (12-4, 2.06 ERA) get the start. The Blue Jays won the last game 10-3, extending a 10-game winning streak. The game starts at 12:37 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 13 and will air on RSN.
In his most recent outing, Buehrle pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out one and walking one in a 9-3 victory over the Twins. Josh Donaldson (.296, 84 Rs, 31 HRs, 85 RBIs, 4 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. The Athletics were victorious over the Astros 3-1 the last time Gray pitched. He went 9.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out five. Josh Reddick (.279, 46 Rs, 13 HRs, 60 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Toronto is a -131 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Blue Jays perform well as a favorite with a 44-24 record and have an overall money line of +358. They are 7-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Blue Jays come into the game with the AL's top ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.6 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Blue Jays are a power hitting team with 156 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. The Blue Jays typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an AL-high 3.6 walks per home game. Toronto's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 2.4 during that span, compared to its 4.1 season average. The Blue Jays are the best in the AL in hits allowed at home, giving up just 7.6 per game.
Switching gears, the Athletics come into this game with a weak win percentage of .392 when playing as the underdog (20-31) and an overall money line of -2,042. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Oakland batters, who rank second in the AL with 6.6 strikeouts per game.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 against the Athletics this season. The Blue Jays will take on a right-hander (Gray) in this game and have a 47-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Buehrle. They sport a 42-42 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
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 are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded two strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 4-2 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 7-44. The Blue Jays have a 9-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th when it comes to home runs, hitting 90 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 156.
Ranking ninth, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.54 per game. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.82.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Toronto has an OPS of .780 this season. Oakland ranks 24th with an OPS of .695.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 17-45. When the Blue Jays allow one or more homers, they have a 35-37 record.