Mark Buehrle (12-5, 3.34 ERA) and Aaron Brooks (1-0, 2.41 ERA) take the hill in the second 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 won the last game 4-2, continuing an eight-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on CSCA and RSN.
Buehrle pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out one and walking one in a 9-3 win over the Twins. Josh Donaldson (.297, 82 Rs, 31 HRs, 83 RBIs, 4 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Brooks went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-4 defeat to the Astros in his most recent start. Ben Zobrist (.277, 45 Rs, 9 HRs, 41 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 3 for 3 yesterday with one run.
This one isn't expected to be close when Toronto, a substantial -213 favorite, takes on Oakland. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of eight runs. The Blue Jays have recorded an overall money line of +258 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 43-24. Toronto is an impressive 7-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. 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.
In the other locker room, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -1,942 and a disappointing record of 20-30 as the underdog. 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 Brooks takes the mound. Buehrle (LHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have inferior records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 2-10 and 9-21, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Oakland, the Blue Jays now have eight shutouts this season. The Athletics have been shut out in seven games this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Blue Jays are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 14-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 7-43. 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 89 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 153.
Ranking seventh, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.57 per game. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 8.85.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .779. Oakland ranks near the bottom at 23rd with an OPS of .696.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 17-43. When the Blue Jays allow one or more homers, they have a 34-37 record.