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Blue Jays Odds vs Oakland July 24th-27th

The Toronto Blue Jays limped home on Sunday night after an embarrassing showing against the World Series finalists as they got swept in their three game series in Cleveland over the weekend.

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Toronto (44-54) have lost three straight games and seven of their last ten which has virtually left them on the outside looking in with respect to the American League playoff picture. The now sit dead last in the division and are a full 10 games out of first place with four teams in between them. They now host the Oakland Athletics who are sporting an identical 44-54 mark and also sit in last place in the AL West.

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Monday July 26th Smith (0-0, 2.77 ERA) vs Liriano (5-5, 6.15 ERA)

The series opens with Oakland starting spot reliever Chris Smith to the mound as he fills in for the injured Jharel Cotton. Smith has actually performed well in his two games as a starter this season and his sparkling 2.77 ERA will likely mean trouble for the Blue Jays who have spiraled into an awful offensive funk. The Indians pitching staff will do that to you.

Francisco Liriano counters for Toronto and will be looking to do something he’s been unable to do in the last two outings…make it into the third inning! Liriano got pounded by the Detroit Tigers in his first start after the All-star break, and in his last outing against Boston the big lefty was forced to leave due to neck tightness.

Team (Pitcher) Odds from Bet365 Sportsbook Run Line Money Line Over/Under
Oakland Athletics (Smith) +1.5 @ 1.74 2.55 Over 9.5 @ 1.83
Toronto Blue Jays (Liriano) -1.5 @ 2.15 1.57 Under 9.5 @ 2.00

Tuesday July 27th Gray (5-4, 3.72 ERA) vs Estrada (4-6, 5.33 ERA)

Tuesday’s game sees Sonny Gray toe the mound for Oakland amidst swirling trade rumours that he will be moved ahead of next week’s non-waiver trade deadline. Gray has been solid this month winning all three of his starts and allowing only four runs over more than 18 innings of work.

Estrada counters for Toronto who is having himself a season to forget. The 34-year old has struggled this summer as he’s made it into the fifth inning only two times in his nine starts while compiling a record of 0-5 over that stretch. Estrada has made his living on his offspeed pitches however the changeup has been getting tagged on a regular basis of late and pitching at the Rogers Center has quickly become problematic for the former front of the rotation righty.

Team (Pitcher) Odds from Bet365 Sportsbook Run Line Money Line Over/Under
Oakland Athletics (Gray) +1.5 @ 1.52 2.00 Over 9.5 @ 1.86
Toronto Blue Jays (Estrada) -1.5 @ 2.67 1.83 Under 9.5 @ 1.95

Wednesday July 28th Blackburn (1-1, 2.88 ERA) vs Stroman (9-5, 3.10 ERA)

On Wednesday Toronto will see their only true ‘winnable’ game when you handicap the pitching matchup. Marcus Stroman has been the lone bright spot for an otherwise struggling starting rotation for Toronto, and is in search of his 10th win of the year. Stroman pitched well in his last outing as he held the Cleveland Indians to just one run over 7.2 innings and struck out seven, however the team lost the game 2-1 in extra innings.

Blackburn counters for Oakland as he looks to shake off his first loss of the season that saw him pitch 5.1 innings where he allowed four earned runs. Those totals were the worst of the season for the 23-year old California native and a start against a struggling boom or bust offense in Toronto may be just what the doctor ordered.

Team (Pitcher) Odds from Bet365 Sportsbook Run Line Money Line Over/Under
Oakland Athletics (Blackburn) +1.5 @ 1.80 2.67 Over 9.0 @ 1.95
Toronto Blue Jays (Stroman) -1.5 @ 2.05 1.52 Under 9.0 @ 1.76

Thursday July 29th Manaea (8-5, 3.82 ERA) vs Happ (3-6, 3.55 ERA)

Sean Manaea and JA Happ will close out the four game series in the battle of bottom feeders with a fairly even pitching matchup ahead of us. Manaea has pitched well in his third season in the big leagues although has been stymied by some good opposition this month. In four starts this July the 25-year old has a 1-1 record and a very respectable 3.87 ERA, though the lack of run support has factored into the poor record.

Toronto’s JA Happ is no stranger to a lack of offense as the team’s firepower has virtually dried up every time the veteran lefty takes to the mound. The last outing can’t be put on the offense as Happ got burned for seven earned runs over six innings of work as the Jays got pounded 8-1 by Cleveland.