A’s ML over SEA -157, Blue Jays ML over MIN -139 (+182)
To kick things off today, we have two teams fighting to stay alive in the AL wild card race, as Seattle has taken the first three games of the series to pull within 2.5 games of the last wild card spot, while Oakland now finds themselves 3.5 out.
The pitching matchup is why I like the odds on Oakland to salvage the last game of this series and keep their playoff hopes alive. Lefty Yusei Kikuchi (48.2 rolling game score) of the Mariners has been absolutely dreadful in 2 of his 3 starts this month, posting a 7.45 ERA over those three starts that spanned just 9.2 innings. In one of those starts he walked 4 batters in only 1.2 innings, and gave up 8 hits over 3 innings in the other.
On the other hand, the A’s send out bad ass righty Chris Bassitt (57.4 rolling game score), who is returning from a fractured cheek he suffered when a line drive hit him in the face on August 17th. I’m not worried about the mental side of his return, as he’s been outspoken about his determination to get back on the mound and was able to do so in just over a month. When asked about it, this is what he had to say:
“I’ve thrown hundreds of thousands of pitches in my day and it’s happened one time, so I mean, it is what it is. If it happens again, I know the doctor to go to, I’ll say that.”
So behind Bassitt’s return and rallying to keep their playoff hopes alive, I see a strong offensive performance finally from Oakland and a quality start from Bassitt to get the win.
Next, I like the Blue Jays and lefty Steven Matz (50.9 rolling game score) to take down the Twins and Michael Pineda (52.9 rolling game score). The Blue Jays find themselves just a half game behind the Yankees for the last playoff spot in the AL while the Twins 67-85 and last in the AL Central with not much left to play for. Before their recent two game win streak over the lowly Cubs, the Twins had lost 6 of their previous 8 games.
Toronto on the other hand had won 8 of their last 11 games before falling to the Rays yesterday, but I like them to bounce back strong today against Minnesota. Matz has throw at least five innings and given up two runs or less in 3 of his 4 starts this month, so I expect a solid outing from him. The Blue Jays offense should be coming out guns blazing with every game feeling like a must win from here on out, so I like them to take care of business tonight.
I’ll be putting 2 units on each bet individually and one unit on the parlay.