Money makes the world go round, but the NY Yankees find that hard to believe after getting swept in Oakland by the team with the second smallest budget in MLB. After winning all four matches against the New Yorkers in front of their fans, the A’s travel to Toronto to repeat their performance against another AL opponent. They have a five game winning streak and a great pitcher to back up their bid for victory.
Bet: Oakland Athletics
Odds: bwin 2.10
This confrontation should be a pleasure to watch by those who care to make any game more interesting by placing a bet as well. Punters will know which direction the game is going after the first few innings, because these are the ones that will most likely decide the fate of the game. Toronto and Oakland have opposite game philosophies, with the Blue Jays counting on their batting staff while the A’s favoring solid pitching.
In pitching we trust
Oakland has the AL’s best pitching staff and these players shine brighter than ever this July with a combined ERA of only 2.53. Travis Blackley’s own 3.36 earned run average is identical to what the team has over the entire season, which means that Travis is just a regular Joe in Oakland’s rotation. This might not look like much for the untrained eye, but for a rookie who played in Korea last year, this performance is nothing short of remarkable.
Toronto’s hitting squad is probably trying to find a way around Blackley and force him to leave the game earlier than the seventh inning. This is easier said than done, but even if the Blue Jays succeed to retire Travis early they will encounter a stringy bullpen. Their own starting pitcher is an enigma, because Brett Cecil can no longer be trusted after alternating victories and defeats with nonchalance. His ERA of 6.34 is simply frightening and unless Toronto can replicate its recent offensive success, Brett will be tagged for another defeat.
The Blue Jays outscored the Red Sox in their most recent series and everyone in Toronto is confident that their team can overpower an opponent that scores considerably less than Boston. Oakland’s secret weapon is of a different nature and behind the best pitching staff in the American League, they make every single run they score matter. Bwin credits Toronto with the best chance to win, but odds of 2.10 for the team that rides the longest winning streak in the AL, make the risk worth taking.