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Betting Tips For Blue Jays Athletics - Jays And A's, To The Surprise Of Many, Hunt For The Playoffs

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 7/27/2012 2:30:04 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics are both immersed in the chase for the American League's two wild card playoff berths. This late in the year, that's a double-shocker.

Toronto Blue Jays @ Oakland Athletics – Series Overview

Game 1: Thursday, August 2

If you are interested in online betting for a midsummer baseball game this season, you will want to be very studious and cautious in appraising this particular contest, the opener of a big four-game set between two American League playoff contenders. Carlos Villanueva, with a 2.86 earned-run average, is the probable starting pitcher for Toronto on Thursday, though the starting pitchers for this series have not been formally announced and are subject to late changes. Jarrod Parker is the probable starting pitcher for Oakland in game one against the Jays. He has an ERA of exactly three runs per nine innings. Villanueva and Parker have both demonstrated their chops this season, so it's hard to choose a winner based on the pitchers. Oakland has been a very hot team of late, but Villanueva has been so good this season that the A's might get cooled off on their home field. Take the Blue Jays in this contest, as the A's hitters will have an off night at the plate.

MLB Betting Pick: Toronto

Game 2: Friday, August 3

The legal online sports betting perspective in game two of this series suggests that Oakland has a slight but not massive advantage. Probable Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez (again, all starters are still probable for this series unless noted otherwise) carries a 4.61 earned-run average to the bump, while the A's are likely to go with Bartolo Colon, sitting with a 3.97 ERA. Colon is always an injury away from becoming damaged goods – he carries too much body weight – but as long as he is healthy, he can pitch at a high level. Alvarez won't be able to match Colon, and that's why the A's will take game two.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland

Game 3: Saturday, August 4

In game three of this series, the Blue Jays will send starter Brett Cecil to the mound. Cecil has posted a woeful 6.34 earned-run average to this point in the season. He has been a sitting duck for American League hitters. Oakland starter Travis Blackley, on the other hand, has been very impressive. His 3.36 earned-run average is one of several reasons why the A's are in the playoff hunt in August. This is, by run differential, the most lopsided pitching matchup of the entire series. The latest online sports book odds for Major League Baseball would suggest that Oakland will be installed as a heavy favorite for this clash on Saturday.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland

Game 4: Sunday, August 5

In the finale of this series, Ricky Romero will lug a bloated 5.22 earned-run average to the mound for the Blue Jays, while another dynamic young starter, A.J. Griffin, will take the hill for the A's. Griffin has registered a sparkling 2.70 ERA for Oakland, and with Romero opposing him, it doesn't seem as though he'll meet with much resistance. Take the Athletics in the series finale.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland

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