Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 9/3/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (+100) Toronto (-125)
Alek Manoah and the Toronto Blue Jays (70-62, 4th in AL East) play the Oakland Athletics (73-60, 2nd in AL West) at Rogers Centre on Friday. The Blue Jays open this matchup at -125 while the Athletics are priced at +100. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The pitchers expected to start will be Sean Manaea and Alek Manoah.
Oakland owns a slugging percentage of .407 and have struck out 1,127 times, while taking a walk on 448 occasions. They have tallied 557 runs batted in as well as 1,043 hits over the course of the season, while their batting average sits at .236. The Athletics have earned 226 doubles as a unit and have knocked 166 balls out of the park. They have accumulated 594 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .315. As a team, the Oakland Athletics are compiling 4.5 runs per contest, which ranks them 17th in the league.
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Athletics pitchers have conceded 148 home runs in addition to 529 runs (7th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 359 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 3.96 as a team this season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.05 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.22. The Athletics hold a team ERA of 3.75 on the season (8th in the league), and their staff has rung up 1,095 hitters.
The Athletics bullpen have earned a save rate of 60.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 114 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 140 base runners this season and 35.0% of those runners crossed the plate. Athletics pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 98 times as well as having 120 appearances in high leverage situations. The Athletics have dispatched 407 relievers to the mound over the course of the season. The bullpen have recorded 59 holds on the campaign (20th in the league). They have tallied 33 saves over the course of the season and have blown 22 of 55 chances to save the game.
The Oakland Athletics are sitting with 3,539 putouts on the year, as well as 1,073 assists and 58 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .988 which puts them in 3rd in pro baseball, and have earned 901 double plays. The Athletics have converted 70.5% of baseballs in play into outs out of 10,617 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 6th in the majors.
Manaea (47-40 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.02 and he has faced 2,874 batters in the majors. He has given up 658 base knocks (8.6 hits per nine innings) and has had 175 free passes. His ERA is 3.87 (297 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.207. Manaea has taken the ball for 690 frames and has accounted for 603 strikeouts in his career.
The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting with an on-base percentage of .326 in addition to a batting average of .262 so far this year. They have struck out on 1,013 occasions (29th in MLB) and have earned 1,166 base hits. Toronto has knocked in 197 home runs over the course of the season to go along with 630 runs batted in. The Blue Jays have a team SLG% of .450 and they average 4.97 runs per outing (7th in the league). They have hit 221 two-baggers, while getting a free base 395 times and racking up 656 runs.
The Blue Jays hold a team WHIP of 1.243 in addition to having a FIP of 4.08 as a pitching staff on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 3.04 (1,187 strikeouts against 391 free passes). They are sitting at 10th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 1,031. They have conceded 161 homers and they relinquish 4.24 runs per 9 innings (11th in baseball). The Toronto pitching staff have given up 539 runs on the campaign while having an ERA of 3.85 (489 earned runs yielded).
Toronto has had relief pitchers take the mound in 43 save chances and they have converted 26 saves. They are ranked 17th in baseball holding a save percentage of 60.5%, and they have dispatched 445 bullpen pitchers to the hill this year. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 137 times in high leverage situations and on 145 occasions with runners on base. Toronto relievers have an inherited score rate of 29.3% out of their 208 inherited base runners. With 96 save situations, the Blue Jays have tallied 50 holds in addition to 17 blown saves.
The Toronto Blue Jays have twisted 100 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .983 (22nd in the majors). The Blue Jays have racked up 1,135 assists, 78 errors and have earned 3,433 putouts over the course of the season. In 10,299 innings on the diamond, the Blue Jays have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.6% (15th in baseball).
During his career, Manoah has surrendered 54 base hits while he has totaled 86 K's in 74 innings pitched. Manoah (5-2 mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.15 ERA while surrendering 6.5 hits per nine innings. He has surrendered 26 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.063 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.8. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.44 and he has gone up against 308 opposing hitters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto (-125)
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