Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Pick 5/3/21
Toronto Blue Jays (14-12) vs. Oakland Athletics (17-12)
When: 9:40 p.m., Monday, May 3
Where: RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
Moneyline: TOR +110/OAK -120 (Find the best bonus >>> Double your deposit so you have a bigger bankroll to bet with!)
Runline: Jays +1.5/Athletics -1.5
Starting Pitchers: Steven Matz (4-1, 4.00 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) vs. Frankie Montas (2-2, 6.20 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
All Or Nothing
Toronto vs. Oakland has been a bit of a weird matchup in the past two seasons it’s been held. The teams didn’t play last year because of COVID keeping teams in their own divisions, but before that, the teams took turns dominating the season series. In 2019, it was the Blue Jays’ turn to dominate the Athletics, despite Oakland finishing 30 games better than Toronto. The Blue Jays won all six games against Oakland, one of their few highlights in an otherwise disastrous year.
In 2018, the reverse occurred. The Blue Jays weren’t great at 73-89, and the Athletics took full advantage, winning all seven matchups against Toronto. To make matters worse for the Jays, none of those losses were even close, as Oakland easily covered on the run line in all seven victories. Blowouts have been the one constant in this series as of late: 11 of the last 13 matchups in this series were decided by two runs or more.
Heating Up the Bats
For the most part, Toronto has been a strong under bet this season, as the Jays have played to the under in 15 out of 26 games this season. But the Blue Jays have been showing much more hitting prowess of late, scoring 37 runs in their past five contests. Bo Bichette, in particular, has gotten the job done at the dish lately, collecting nine hits and two home runs in Toronto’s past four games.
The big question for the Jays is whether their recent hitting prowess will continue once they get themselves away from cozy Dunedin. The Jays have had no problems scoring at home in their spring training ballpark, hitting the over in three of their past five home games (and the one-loss still saw them score seven runs while the Braves floundered.) But in their past five games on the road, they’ve gone under the total four times, in large part because they’ve scored three or less in three of those contests.
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Swing to the Extremes
Oakland started the year in disastrous fashion by dropping seven of its first eight contests, then responded by winning 13 in a row to rocket to the top of the AL West. The Athletics have since settled themselves back to the mean, going 3-5 in their past eight games since the winning streak came to its conclusion.
However, the most recent home series could have been a telling clue as to whether the Athletics are really as good as they showed in that streak or were just taking advantage of a lull in the schedule. The Athletics dropped two out of three to a mediocre Orioles team and would have lost a third if not for a game-saving eighth inning from Ramon Laureano, and the defense didn’t help matters by giving up 13 runs in the final two games of the series.
The big concern for the Athletics is whether Frankie Montas will pitch more as he did in his first three appearances of the year or whether he’ll look like he did in his past two outings. Montas has given up nine runs in his past two starts, and the only reason he was spared a defeat against Minnesota was that the Athletics backed him up with 13 runs. If he doesn’t have it on Monday, the Athletics aren’t hitting well enough right now to make up for it.
- The Blue Jays are 7-2 in their past nine Monday games.
- The Blue Jays are 1-4 in their past five against the AL West.
- The Athletics are 8-2 in their last ten home games.
- The Athletics are 1-6 in their past seven home games against a team above .500.
- The under is 7-1 in the Blue Jays past eight road games.
- The under is 5-1 in the Athletics’ past six games.
- The over is 5-2 in the teams’ past seven meetings in Oakland.
- The Blue Jays have won the past six meetings.
This will be a great day for baseball, with temperatures at 70 degrees at first pitch and winds blowing west-northwest at nine miles per hour, sending balls out toward right-center.
Toronto has had Oakland’s number as of later, and I am not convinced that the Athletics are really as strong as their record suggests. They did more than their share of taking advantage of the Tigers and Twins, both of whom are struggling to get anything going this season, with over half of Oakland’s wins coming against Detroit, Minnesota, and Baltimore — three of the four worst teams in the American League at the moment — that suggests that Oakland is a paper tiger that won’t be able to keep this going when it faces better opponents.
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