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Baseball odds preview - Toronto vs. Oakland

Toronto Blue JaysOakland Athletics
Aug 20, 9:05 PM | GrassOverstock.com Coliseum

Toronto Blue Jays vs Oakland Athletics Odds

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Oakland will try to be nasty hosts on Saturday when the Toronto Blue Jays pay a visit to Overstock.com Coliseum.

Toronto puts its faith in starter Henderson Alvarez to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 0-0. Getting the ball for the Athletics is Gio Gonzalez, who owns a 9-11 record on the season with a 3.36 ERA.

View Toronto vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Athletics as -160 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Athletics sit at No. 4 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blue Jays sit at an American League No. 5 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Oakland and its American League No. 11-rated batting order, averaging 3.9 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 4 lineup of the Blue Jays at 4.7 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Toronto owns the American League's No. 6-rated road mark, allowing 4.1 runs per game on the highway. Oakland, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

Toronto lost its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Athletics on August 19. Bettors who backed the Athletics at -108 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Toronto didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Rich Harden in a losing cause, 2-0, against Oakland on Friday.

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Oakland are 7-3
After playing Oakland are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Blue Jays at Athletics trends to consider:
Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Oakland's last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oakland's last 10 games
Oakland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Oakland, Sunday, August 21