Baseball Betting: Athletics vs. Blue Jays Odds & Pick: August 17th 2010
Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow is coming off the most dominant start of the season by any starter. Yes, that includes all of the no-hitters and perfect games thrown this year. Morrow pitched a 1-hit shutout while striking out 17 batters in a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. He had a no-hitter going through 8.2 innings, but a weak ground ball by Evan Longoria ended his no-hit bid. Smartly, the Blue Jays decided to give him 10 days rest while skipping his last start which will have him coming into this start against Oakland very fresh.
Morrow is now 4-0 with a 2.96 ERA over his last 4 starts, striking out 40 batters while walking only 10. Toronto continues playing great baseball, going 22-12 in their last 34 games to improve to 63-55 this season. Oakland has gone in a different direction, losers of four straight and six of their last seven. During their 1-6 run, the A’s have scored a miniscule 1.7 RPG. This putrid offensive team will have a very hard time getting going against Morrow tonight. The righty is 3-0 with a 3.91 ERA in four career starts vs. Oakland. He has allowed 2 earned runs in 14 innings over his last 2 starts versus the A’s for a 1.29 ERA. Oakland starter Dallas Braden has allowed 8 earned runs over 12.2 innings in his last 2 starts vs. Toronto for a 5.68 ERA. Roll with Toronto Tuesday.