Sun 21 Apr, 2019, 4:07 PM (EDT)
The Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics meet Sunday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Toronto Blue Jays look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Blue Jays have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won eight of their last 13 games when scoring more than one run. Freddy Galvis leads the Blue Jays with 26 hits and 12 RBI while Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez have combined for 34 hits and 27 RBI. Aaron Sanchez gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 0-2 with a 8.71 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Athletics have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Oakland Athletics have lost four straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 27 hits and 10 RBI while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 46 hits and 25 RBI. Brett Anderson gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. Anderson is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 0-5 in their last 5 Sunday games, 4-0 in Sanchez’s last 4 starts during game 3 of a series and 9-4 in Sanchez’s last 13 starts. The Athletics are 39-18 in their last 57 home games, 1-5 in their last 6 Sunday games and 4-0 in Anderson’s last 4 home starts. The Blue Jays are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 5-1-1 in Anderson’s last 7 starts overall. The over is 8-3 in Sanchez’s last 11 starts overall.
The over is a popular trend when both Sanchez and Anderson pitch, and Sanchez has allowed 14 hits and seven earned runs in his last 17 innings. Anderson has had issues with control at times this season and is allowing a .256 batting average at home in 11.1 innings, which is much higher than the .191 batting average he’s allowing on the road. There’s been a combined 17 runs in the first two games this series and it feels like the A’s offense is due for a breakout performance. I’m liking the over in this contest.