Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland Athletics 7/4/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/3/2014
Friday, July 4, 4:05 PM on RSN, CSCA
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Toronto Blue Jays - Stroman, M (4-2) vs. Oakland Athletics - Milone, T (6-3)
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Friday afternoon, Marcus Stroman and the Toronto Blue Jays will square off against Tommy Milone and the Oakland Athletics. Stroman will be making his 7 th start and 12th appearance as Milone makes his 16th start.
Marcus Stroman pitched to a no-decision in his last outing and that held his record at 4 - 2 with a 4.01 ERA. In his last outing, Stroman allowed just 2 runs on 2 hits in 6.2 innings as he walked 2 and struck out 6. Stroman's last start was pretty good and he deserved the win for his efforts. But he is still giving the Blue Jays some quality starts and should continue to impress as the season goes on.
Stroman hasn't faced the A's before so he will need to focus on the scouting report to gain an edge on Oakland.
Tommy Milone added another win in his last outing and that took his record to 6 -3 with a 3.79 ERA. In the win, Milone went 7 innings and surrendered 3 runs and 4 hits (including a homer) as he walked 2 and struck out 3. Milone hasn't lost a start since the beginning of May, with 6 wins and 4 no-decisions in that span of time. Last season, Milone was 12 - 9 with a 4.14 ERA in 26 starts and 2 relief appearances.
Milone didn't face the Blue Jays in 2013 but he has seen many of the Toronto hitters before. Edwin Encarnacion is 2 for 5 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs against Milone.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 41-42-2 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.4
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 41-37-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.6
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
06/23/14 3B Brett Lawrie Finger 15-day DL (6/22)
06/19/14 P Brett Cecil Groin 15-day DL (6/19)
05/04/14 P Brandon Morrow Hand 60-day DL (5/3)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
07/01/14 C Derek Norris Back questionable
07/01/14 LF Yoenis Cespedes Hamstring questionable
06/29/14 RF Josh Reddick Knee 15-day DL (6/26)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 15-day DL (6/23)
06/17/14 P Drew Pomeranz Hand 15-day DL (6/16)
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 60-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Eric O'Flaherty Elbow 60-day DL (2/17)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Oakland
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