Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 9/5/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Sunday, September 5, 2021
Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (+160) Toronto (-208)
Robbie Ray and the Toronto Blue Jays (71-62, 4th in AL East) host the Oakland Athletics (74-61, 2nd in AL West) at Rogers Centre on Sunday. The Blue Jays open this matchup at -208 while the Athletics are priced at +160. The over/under has been set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Cole Irvin and Robbie Ray.
The Athletics have compiled 232 doubles as a team and have hit 170 balls out of the stadium. Oakland has a slugging % of .409 and have been called out on strikes 1,137 times, while being walked on 456 occasions. As a team, the Oakland Athletics are notching 4.5 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 15th in baseball. They have amassed 575 runs batted in and 1,066 hits so far this season, and their team batting average sits at .237. They have accumulated 612 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .316.
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Athletics pitchers have given up 154 home runs and 546 total runs (8th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 366 opposing players and their FIP is 4.00 as a unit so far this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.05 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.22. The Athletics have an ERA of 3.82 for the year (10th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 1,116 batters.
Athletics pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 100 times as well as having 122 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have 60 holds so far this year (20th in the league). The Athletics relievers have compiled a save rate of 58.6% and has stepped onto the mound in 118 save situations. They have accumulated 34 saves so far this year and have blown 24 of their 58 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 144 base runners on the year with 36.1% of those runners ended up scoring. The Athletics have sent 413 relief pitchers to the hill on the season.
The Athletics have transformed 70.5% of balls hit into play into outs in their 10,770 innings, which has them sitting 7th in baseball. The Oakland Athletics have a tally of 3,590 putouts so far this season, in addition to 1,084 assists and 58 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .988 which has them ranked 3rd in the majors, and have accumulated 914 double plays.
Irvin (11-14 career mark) has a FIP of 4.24 while facing 836 opposing batters in the major leagues. He has given up 212 hits (9.8 hits per nine innings) and has 47 free passes. His earned run average is 4.45 (96 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.333. Irvin has taken the ball for 194 frames and has earned 134 strikeouts in his MLB career.
The Blue Jays hold a team slugging percentage of .452 and they tally 5.02 runs per game (5th in MLB). They have recorded 224 doubles, while walking 398 times and notching 667 runs. Toronto is sitting with 200 home runs so far this year and 641 RBIs. They have struck out on 1,024 occasions (29th in baseball) and have earned 1,176 hits. The Toronto Blue Jays have tallied a team OBP of .327 as well as a batting average of .263 so far this season.
The Blue Jays have a team WHIP of 1.245 and have a FIP of 4.10 as a team on the campaign. Their K/BB ratio sits at 3.03 (1,192 strikeouts against 394 walks). They sit at 10th in MLB as a staff in total hits conceded with 1,042. They have allowed 163 home runs and they yield 4.28 runs per 9 innings (11th in baseball). The Toronto pitching staff have surrendered 549 runs so far this season while having a team ERA of 3.89 (498 earned runs conceded).
Toronto has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill 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 449 bullpen pitchers to the hill so far this year. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 138 times in high leverage situations and on 145 occasions with runners on. Toronto bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 29.3% out of their 208 inherited base runners. With 96 save situations, the Blue Jays have compiled 50 holds in addition to 17 blown saves.
In 10,380 innings on the field, the Blue Jays have a efficiency on defense of 69.6% (15th in the majors). The Toronto Blue Jays have twisted 101 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .983 (24th in MLB). The Blue Jays have recorded 1,145 assists, 79 errors and have amassed 3,460 putouts so far this year.
Ray (59-56 record in his career) has a 4.02 ERA while giving up 8.0 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.83 and he has faced 4,279 opposing batters thus far in his career. He has given up a total of 447 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.325 and a FIP of 4.0. So far in his MLB career, Ray has surrendered 888 hits and he has 1,244 punch outs in 1,001 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto (-208)
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