The Oakland Athletics' bats exploded two nights ago. What are the chances that is going to happen again? The Toronto Blue Jays and Mark Buehrle think they have something to say about it, and the picture will become clearer starting at 10:05 PM ETat the O.co Coliseum. Keep in mind that even after the first pitch is thrown, customers at BetAnySports will be able to place wagers on the side, total and various props through the magic of Live Betting Extra, which creates more thrills and chills than you ever imagined a sports betting experience could offer.
Toronto (47-47) is embroiled in both a race for the American League East title and a wild-card berth. They are 4.5 games behind the New York Yankees in the division, as they sit in third place, and trail by four games in the wild-card battle. But they have gone just 3-5 over their last eight games, and that is not helpful.
Oakland is 43-51, good for only fourth-place in the American League West. They are 10 games behind the Los Angeles Angels in the division, and are eight games behind for the wild card. However, the Athletics have had four victories in their last five games.
Left-hander Buehrle is 10-5 with a 3.34 ERA and has held the opposition to two earned runs or less in each of his last eight starts. For Oakland, 24-year-old right-hander Kendall Graveman gets the call, and prior to a subpar outing at Cleveland in his last start, he had been on quite a run. This will be the first time he has ever faced the Blue Jays as a starter.
In the baseball betting lines posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, Buehrle is the ever-so-slight favorite on the road:
Toronto Blue Jays (Buehrle) -107
Oakland Athletics (Graveman) -103
Under 7.5 runs -130
Over 7.5 runs +110
The Athletics average 4.3 runs per game, and they had scored just 13 runs in their previous six outings before exploding with a 14-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. In that game they had four home runs, and everybody in the starting lineup with the exception of first baseman Mark Canha got a base hit.
Admittedly that is the exception rather than the rule, and so Buehrle has every expectation that he can continue with pitching that has been more than solid. In these last eight appearances the Blue Jays have gone only 5-3, but Buehrle has lowered his ERA from 4.35 to the current 3.34 figure. That is because in 58 innings of work, he has allowed just ten earned runs, and he has walked just eight batters along the way. BetAnySports customers might be interested in knowing, however, that his ERA on the road is 3.60 and that the last time he faced Oakland it was slightly over a year ago, as he gave up 10 hits in six innings in the process of losing the decision.
Graveman, a 24-year-old rookie, was reached for four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against Cleveland last time out, but prior to that he had been on a string where he had yielded only six earned runs in 43 innings. In six of his last seven starts, he has gone seven full innings or more.
Neither one of these teams is in its best "situation," so to speak. Oakland is just 20-27 at home, while Toronto is 19-28 as a road team, which has undoubtedly held them back from being at or near the top in the division. Each of these teams has played five of its last seven games under the total.
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