Toronto Blue Jays (75-62) vs. Oakland Athletics (42-95)
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics 9/5/23 – The Toronto Blue Jays (75-62) will take on the Oakland Athletics (42-95) on Tuesday at 9:40 PM ET in an enthralling battle that holds great significance for both clubs, taking place at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and broadcast live by Sportsnet, this match-up holds significant weight for each side, though for different reasons.
The Toronto Blue Jays have been one of the standout teams this season, not only due to their win/loss record but also to impressive stats across the board. Boasting an impressive 75-62 mark, they appear poised as one of the favorites going into postseason play. Toronto Blue Jays have shown tremendous offensive might this season, posting an outstanding batting average of 0.261 and on-base percentage of 0.332, demonstrating their propensity for getting men on base. Even more telling was their slugging percentage of 0.421 with 162 home runs this season and crossing home plate 630 times — proof they know how to bring those runs home.
Toronto has also shown its prowess on the pitching side, posting an impressive 3.72 ERA that shows their pitching staff has effectively kept opponents’ runs to a minimum. Furthermore, their 1.24 WHIP shows they have managed to restrict baserunners and reduce risk from opponents while striking out 1280 batters to only 407 walks for impressive control in tight situations. The harmonious partnership between their batting and pitching units sets the Blue Jays apart, so another typically steps up when one falters.
Free Consensus Baseball Picks and Analysis
The Oakland Athletics have fallen on hard times this season, reflected by their dismal 42-95 record. Desperate to turn things around, the team hopes that something may help their fortunes turn around, but, unfortunately, statistics do not give hope of any relief in sight. The A’s offense has only a batting average of 0.224 and a slugging percentage of 0.369. An on-base percentage of 0.301 indicates a lack of offensive production; even though they’ve hit 141 homers this season, inconsistent hitting abilities and an on-base percentage below 0.301 have kept the run total to 504 runs so far.
Oakland’s pitching staff has not fared any better. A high ERA of 5.64 and an even more alarming WHIP of 1.53 indicate an ineffective mound presence that allows too many free passes (579 in all), not striking out enough batters (1104), and leaving opponents’ batting averages at 0.270 for far too long before having them bat. Unlike their Toronto counterparts, the Athletics have struggled to balance offense and defense. When their batting hits stride, pitching often falters; vice versa. For free consensus baseball picks, stay tuned to their upcoming games.
Blue Jays vs. Athletics Game Info
|When:||Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 9:40 PM ET|
|Where:||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum|
Chris Bassitt (13-7, 3.81 ERA) and Ken Waldichuk (2-7, 5.92 ERA)
Chris Bassitt has been a standout this season for the Toronto Blue Jays. Compiling an impressive 13-7 win-loss record and posting an ERA of 3.81 is impressive considering all the offensive firepower in the American League. His WHIP of 1.19 indicates a tremendous job of keeping runners off of bases – an essential trait of any starting pitcher. Over 165.1 innings pitched this year, Bassitt has proven both durable and practical by striking out 151 batters while only walking 52 times while giving up 25 homers. However, these numbers shouldn’t overshadow his overall performance, given today’s homerun-happy environment.
Despite an uninspiring season, Ken Waldichuk is one of the Oakland Athletics’ go-to pitchers. Coming into this matchup with a 2-7 record and 5.92 ERA – numbers any pitcher would hope to improve upon – Waldichuk has seen some difficulty in nearly every facet of his 114 innings this season. Waldichuk’s WHIP stands at an alarming 1.67, indicating he allows batters to gain entry via hits or walks. Furthermore, with 64 free passes this season, he should strive to reduce. With 114 strikeouts over those innings, he can strike out batters, but inconsistency has plagued him; 21 home runs allowed also suggests any miscue can have significant repercussions.
MLB Odds/Point Spread: Toronto Blue Jays -185, Total Odds: 12
Toronto Blue Jays are the favorites coming into this game, with a spread of -1.5 (-115), Moneyline at -185, and 11.5 over (-110). Oakland Athletics are given a spread of +1.5 (-108), Moneyline at +169, and 11 under (-110).
team1 Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays have been on a tremendous roll, as the total has gone OVER in 8 of their last 9 games, including 4-1 against Oakland SU. On the road, their record is excellent, with 6 of 8 away totals going OVER since August 2015 (14 out of 20 against American League opponents have seen totals go UNDER), showing they do well defensively when facing off with American League teams.
team2 Betting Trends
The Athletics have not been at their best, as evidenced by their betting trends. Though the total has gone OVER in four of Oakland’s last five games, and they are 4-2 SU in their last six, when playing Toronto, they have an atrocious 2-4 record against them at home (also, their record has been 2-10 against teams from American League East Division).
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics 9/5/23 Betting Picks
Consider team statistics, starting pitcher Chris Bassitt’s strong pitching performance and recent betting trends before deciding on this matchup. Their overall batting and defensive stats outshone Oakland’s. Given Toronto’s potent offense and superior pitching from Bassitt, combined with Oakland’s lackluster performances on both ends, an 8-4 win for Toronto seems plausible. Therefore, those seeking a relatively safe bet should side with them on the Moneyline at -185 and/or take an over bet of 11.5 as this may offer good value.
Free Pick and Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays will win 8-4.