Toronto Blue Jays @ Oakland A’s Free Betting Prediction July 21st

This evening the Toronto Blue Jays travel to Oakland to begin a 3 game series with the A’s.

 Toronto Blue Jays (47-47) @ Oakland A’s (43-51)

The Toronto Blue Jays are 2-1 out of the gate after the All-Star game. On Sunday they notched a 4-0 win at home versus Tampa Bay. Starter Marco Estrada picked up the win, his 7th of the season, as he pitched 8 innings while not allowing an earned run on 3 hits. He struck out 5 batters. He threw 111 pitches in the game. He is now 7-5 on the season. Right-fielder Jose Bautista hit his 19th home run of the season. He was 2 for 4 with 2 runs batted in and 1 run scored. The rbis were his 62 and 63rd of the season. Left-fielder Chris Colabello hit his 9th home run of the season. He was 1 for 2 with 2 runs batted in and 1 run scored. The rbis were his 34th and 35th of the season. Shortstop Jose Reyes was 1 for 4. He hit his 16th double of the season. He struck out one time. 1st baseman Justin Smoak was 1 for 3 with 1 run scored. Catcher Dioner Navarro was 1 for 4. He struck out 2 times. The Blue Jays had 6 hits in the game. Tonight their starting pitcher is left-handed Mark Buehrle. Buehrle is 10-5 with a 3.34 era and 61 strikeouts in 121.1 innings pitched. He’s made 18 starts this season. In his last start, a win on July 11th at Kansas City, he pitched 7 innings while giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits. He struck out 2 batters. He threw 85 pitches in the game. He is 5-1 in his last 9 starts. He now has a career record of 209 wins and 157 losses. He has a career era of 3.80. This is his 3rd season with Toronto. He’s also pitched for Chicago (AL) and Miami. The Oakland A’s have won 4 of their last 5 games. On Sunday they cruised to a 14-1 win at home versus Minnesota. Starter Jess Chavez grabbed the win as he pitched 6 innings while not allowing an earned run on 3 hits. He struck out 9 and walked 1 batter. Reliever Edward Mujica pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 1 batter. Reliever Eric O’Flaherty pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run on 2 hits. He struck out 1 batter. Reliever Evan Scribner pitched 1 inning while allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits. He struck out 3 batters. Left-fielder Jake Smolinski hit 2 home runs in the game. The home runs were his 2nd and 3rd of the season. He was 3 for 5 with 4 runs batted in and 3 runs scored. He now has 11 ribs on the season. He struck out 1 time. Catcher Josh Phegley hit his 6th home of the season. He was 2 for 3 with 3 runs batted in and 2 runs scored. He now has 21 rbis on the season. He also hit his 10th double of the season. Designated hitter Billy Butler hit his 9th home run of the season. He was 2 for 4 with 2 runs batted and 3 runs scored. He now has 44 rbis this season. He also struck out 1 time. Right-fielder Josh Reddick hit his 12th home run of the season. He was 1 for 3 with 4 runs batted in and 1 run scored. He now has 55 rbis on the season. He struck out 1 time. The A’s had 12 hits in the game. Tonight their starting pitcher is right-handed Kendall Graveman. Graveman is 6-5 with a 3.38 era and 51 strikeouts in 82.2 innings pitched. He’s made 14 starts this season. In his last start, a loss on July 10th at Cleveland, he pitched 5.2 innings while allowing 4 earned runs on 7 hits. He struck out 6 and walked 3 batters. He threw 106 pitches in the game. This is his 2nd season in MLB, he spent his rookie season with Toronto. He has a career record of 6-5 with a 3.40 era.

Toronto is 19-28 on the road this season. They have scored 498 runs and allowed 409 runs on the season. Oakland is 20-27 at home this season. They have scored 407 runs and allowed 354 runs on the season.

This is the 1st meeting of the season between the Blue Jays and the A’s. Including tonight the 2 teams play 6 times this season.

Prediction: I look for Buehrle to pitch a gem against the A’s this evening.

Take the Blue Jays 1.83 (Bet365)

July 21, 2015 by : Posted in Baseball No Comments
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