Baseball Picks: Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays: May 9th 2012
Baseball Picks: May 9th 2012
Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Prediction: Toronto -140
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FREE PLAY FROM DOC’S SPORTS. Take #917 Toronto Blue Jays (-140) over Oakland A’s (3:35pm ET) We have another advantageous matchup between a red hot pitcher and one that is really struggling in this afternoon’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland A’s. Brandon Morrow is a freakish talent that has always been able to strike hitters out with his stuff but couldn’t put it all together to be a complete pitcher. In fact, last year he led the American League with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings, but his ERA was a whopping 4.72. This year he came in with a different mentality, focusing less on striking out hitters and more on being efficient. It’s worked beautifully as Morrow is 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in his six starts on the young season. Most importantly he looks even more confident on the mound and is adjusting well to his new approach.
On the other end of the spectrum, Tyson Ross of the A’s is one bad start away from going back to the minor leagues. The rookie right-hander has given up 16 earned runs in his last two starts and brings an 8.55 ERA into today’s contest. Ross has been forced into the rotation a little sooner than expected due to injuries in the A’s rotation, so his struggles are no surprise. The Blue Jays offense has had its ups and downs this year, but they have enough good hitters to take advantage of a weak arm. Toronto is 5-0 in Morrow’s last five starts on the road and should make it six today in Oakland. After losing in a walk-off game last night in Oakland, I think the Blue Jays bounce back big here and get the victory. Get more baseball picks each day from Doc’s Sports at Touthouse.com