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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays are solid moneyline favorites in MLB betting odds Friday night vs the Oakland Athletics.

Struggling to generate runs, the Toronto Blue Jays have won only eight of their last 19 games and are now five games back of a playoff spot. They open an important three-game series against Oakland on Friday night at Rogers Centre with the Athletics trailing Boston by two games for the final AL wild-card spot.

Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays
  • Date/Time: September 3, 7:07 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Rogers Centre
  • TV Coverage: NBCSCA, SNET, SNET 1
  • Opening Odds: Blue Jays -135 | O/U 9 (Line History)
  • Athletics vs Blue Jays Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Toronto opened as a -135 home favorite and the early money pushed that number to -150. The Blue Jays were idle Thursday while the A’s were in Detroit before flying across the border last night. The total opened at 9 for this game and remains there now. The once-mighty Blue Jays offence has sputtered recently and 11 of Toronto’s last 13 games have gone UNDER the total.

Starting Pitchers Analysis   

For the season, Sean Manaea is a respectable 8-9 with a 3.97 ERA. However, the lefty struggled in his five August starts, posting an 0-3 record for the month. In his last three games, he has allowed 18 hits and 14 runs in 14 innings of work.

Alek Manoah is in line to start for Toronto today and the 23-year-old rookie is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 14 starts this year. In six home starts, the former 11th overall pick is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA.

Oakland News & Notes

In their last three games, the Athletics have scored a total of 21 runs, including eight last night in Detroit. Before the recent outburst, Oakland had combined to score only 19 runs in seven games.

Matt Olson is having a monster year for the Athletics. Olson leads the team with a .274 batting average, 32 home runs, 87 RBIs and a .372 on-base percentage.

Oakland trails the Red Sox by two games in the wild-card race and is 4.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West Division race. The A’s play the Astros six more times this year.

Jed Lowrie is battling a sore wrist and the switch-hitter was only available to bat from the left side of the plate yesterday. Lowrie did hit a home run hitting left-handed against Detroit, but was later pulled from the game for a right-handed pinch-hitter.

Toronto News & Notes

Wednesday’s 5-4 win against the Orioles marked only the third time in their last 13 games the Blue Jays managed to score more than three runs in a contest.

Marcus Semien hit his 33rd home run of the season on Wednesday, tying his career high set in 2019. That year, Semien finished third in AL MVP voting behind only Mike Trout and Alex Bregman.

George Springer started as the DH on Wednesday for Toronto. Springer had been pulled for precautionary reasons on Tuesday after recently returning from a sprained knee.

In 34 career at-bats against Manaea, Springer is hitting .324 with six RBIs but doesn’t have a home run.

Staff Betting Pick: Athletics +135

Toronto should be rested for this one, with a day off yesterday to prepare for the arrival of the Athletics. However, this game feels like a coin flip to me, with both teams needing a win to help their playoff chances. I’m going to lean toward the plus moneyline in this game. Take Oakland to win on the road.

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Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 5-2 in Oakland’s last 7 games.
  • The UNDER is 11-2 in Toronto’s last 13 games.
  • Oakland is 5-15 in its last 20 games at Toronto.