Oakland Athletics at Toronto Blue Jays 5/18/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, May 18, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Brett Anderson vs. Marco Estrada
The Oakland Athletics visit Rogers Centre on Friday, May 18, 2018 to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Brett Anderson for the Athletics and Marco Estrada for the Blue Jays.
The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +123 and Toronto at -133. The Athletics have a 22-19-2 over/under record and a 19-24-0 run line mark. The Blue Jays are 23-20-0 against the run line and have a 20-19-4 over/under record.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 22-19-2 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 19-24-0 against the run line
Important Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 20-19-4 against the over/under
The Toronto Blue Jays are 23-20-0 against the run line
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
04/28/18 P Ryan Buchter Shoulder 10-day DL (04/26)
04/14/18 P Liam Hendriks Groin 10-day DL (04/14)
04/08/18 CF Boog Powell Knee 10-day DL (04/07)
03/29/18 C Josh Phegley Hand 10-day DL (03/26)
03/29/18 P Paul Blackburn Forearm 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jharel Cotton Elbow 60-day DL (03/21)
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
05/11/18 P Marcus Stroman Shoulder 10-day DL (05/09)
05/09/18 SS Aledmys Diaz Ankle 10-day DL (05/08)
05/08/18 P Roberto Osuna Personal is out indefinitely
05/08/18 LF Steve Pearce Oblique 10-day DL (05/03)
04/30/18 RF Randal Grichuk Knee 10-day DL (04/30)
03/26/18 SS Troy Tulowitzki Foot 60-day DL (03/29)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 21-22 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Brett Anderson has a 0-2 record with an earned run average of 8.16 and a WHIP of 2.02 this season. He has 8 strikeouts over his 14.1 innings pitched and he's given up 23 hits. He's allowed 14.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.99 and they have given up 163 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the bullpen and they've struck out 128 hitters and walked 54 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.35. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 394 base hits and 187 earned runs. They have allowed 58 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 112 batters and struck out 325. They have walked 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.38.
As a team Oakland is hitting .247, good for 14th in the league. The Athletics hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Jed Lowrie is hitting .325 with an on-base percentage of .385. He has 55 hits this season in 169 at bats with 36 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .550 and an OPS+ of 156. Marcus Semien is hitting .276 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .325. He has totaled 51 hits and he has driven in 20 men in 185 at bats. His OPS+ is 99 while his slugging percentage is at .395. The Athletics have 366 hits, including 80 doubles and 55 home runs. Oakland has walked 144 times so far this season and they have struck out 393 times as a unit. They have left 291 men on base and have a team OPS of .743. They score 4.53 runs per contest and have scored a total of 195 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Toronto has a 22-21 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.32, Marco Estrada has a 2-3 record and a 1.43 WHIP. He has 34 strikeouts over the 44 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 48 hits. He's allowing 9.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.58. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.08 and they have given up 148 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the Blue Jays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 156 batters and walked 54 opposing hitters. As a team, Toronto allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.54. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 394 base knocks and 194 earned runs this season. They have given up 56 home runs this year, which ranks 8th in Major League Baseball. Toronto as a staff has walked 153 hitters and struck out 369 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.46.
As a team, they are batting .234, good for 24th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Yangervis Solarte comes into this matchup batting .245 with an OBP of .320. He has 39 hits this year along with 25 RBI in 159 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .459 with an OPS+ of 107. Kevin Pillar is hitting .303 this season and he has an OBP of .343. He has collected 50 hits in 165 at bats while driving in 18 runs. He has an OPS+ of 124 and a slugging percentage of .503. The Blue Jays as a unit have 344 base hits, including 85 doubles and 59 homers. Toronto has walked 157 times this year and they have struck out on 396 occasions. They have had 285 men left on base and have an OPS of .736. They have scored 4.93 runs per game and totaled 212 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Blue Jays MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Jays -133
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