Bet Blue Jays Run Line in Case of Super Surger vs. Towel Tosser

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 1:52 PM GMT

This MLB pick is based on a classic August match up of a towel-tosser vs a Super surger. After winning less than 40% of their games the first 9 days of August home teams responded by going 15-0 last night. 

Oakland Athletics (Brooks) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Dickey) -1-/Even
Oakland visits Toronto for the continuation of their early week set. Last night the Blue Jays held on for a 4-2 victory.  This game features an Oakland team who at 51-62 has the second worst record in the American League.  They are facing a Toronto team who is 62-52 and has pulled with in one half game of NYY for the AL-East lead.

Oakland is one of the biggest achievers of the MLB season.  After 278 wins the last 3 years (best in MLB) the A’s began the year 14-30.  They have since responded by going 37-33, including a weekend sweep of division leading Houston.  But it has been too little too late.  They cleaned house at the trade deadline, tossing the towel on a lost season which has  seen their defense commit the most errors in MLB.  Tonight’s stater, Brooks, has pitched well in his previous 2 outings. But in his previous outing vs Toronto Brooks allowed 7 runs wile recording only 2 outs. 

The Blue Jays have led MLB in offense for the entire season. Currently they have a .776 OPS in batting and lead MLB with over 5 runs per game.  But it is the trade dead line acquisition of starter David Price and Troy Tulowitzki that have put them over the top.  Combined with their strong hitting Toronto pitchers have a 1.43 ERA and .158 BAA in crafting the 9 game winning streak. Tonight they send a reborn RA Dickey to the mound.  In 5 starts since the All Star break Dickey is 3-0 with a 0.99 ERA while allowing just 1 home run in 36 1/3 IP. Since joining Toronto Dickey has a 2.15 ERA in 5 starts against Oakland.

We soar with Toronto on the RunLine again for tonight's MLB pick knowing that 50 of 62 Toronto wins (81%) of Blue Jays victories have come by 2 or more runs.  

This is a game between two teams headed opposite directions.  It is a classic August match up what handicapper Joe Gavazzi refers to as a towel-tosser vs a Super surger.  After winning less than 40% of their games the first 9 days of August home teams responded by going 15-0 last night.  It is all about how the schedule breaks.  Home teams are favored in 13 of15 games tonight.  This is the best of the lot.

MLB Picks: Play the Blue Jays -1.5 +109 at Pinnacle