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Bartolo Colon out to silence Blue Jays bats in MLB contest

Toronto Blue JaysOakland Athletics
Aug 2, 10:05 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Toronto Blue Jays vs Oakland Athletics Odds

51-53TEAM RECORD56-48

Oakland will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Toronto Blue Jays pay a visit to O.co Coliseum.

The Athletics will turn to Bartolo Colon and his 7-8 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Blue Jays send Henderson Alvarez (7-7) to the hill.

View Toronto vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Oakland sat as -145 favorites. The total was set at 7.5.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Athletics at No. 10 in the American League and the Blue Jays at No. 9 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oakland's No. 14 ranked American League offense (4 runs per game) against a Blue Jays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 in the American League at 4.8 runs allowed per game. The Athletics have been averaging 7.8 hits per game, less than the Blue Jays have managed so far this season (8.6 hits on average).

Oakland owns the American League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Toronto's American League No. 12-rated defense.

The Blue Jays were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Seattle at +105 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors. The Blue Jays endured a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Mariners on Wednesday, with Carlos Villanueva throwing 6 innings of 7-hit ball at Safeco Field.

The Athletics were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at +108 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. Oakland suffered a 4-1 loss against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, as Jarrod Parker wasn't able to lead his team to victory at O.co Coliseum.

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 4-6
After playing Seattle are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 8-2
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Blue Jays at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Toronto is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
Oakland is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Oakland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Oakland's last 16 games at home

Next up:
Toronto at Oakland, Friday, August 3

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