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Blue Jays Visit Athletics Wednesday Afternoon

Oakland Athletics

Trade Deadline is Passed — Athletics and Jays have Different Looks

It hasn’t been a complete fire sale yet for the Blue Jays or Athletics. With the trade deadline passed, the Toronto Blue Jays (48-58, -1.004 units) will have a fresh look when they visit the Oakland Athletics (63-46, +1.853 units) this afternoon.

The Oakland Athletics have been taking out their frustrations on the Toronto Blue Jays this week. They look to complete a three-game sweep when they host the finale on Wednesday afternoon.

TV: 3:35 p.m. ET, MLB Network, Sportsnet (Toronto).

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Marcus Stroman (4-7, 5.20 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Sean Manaea (9-7, 3.46).

ODDS: Oakland is -130-moneyline favorites. The Total is 8Over -120.

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The Blue Jays have a new infielder in Brandon Drury who has .561 OPS. He came over from the New York Yankees in a package for starting pitcher JA Happ. They also dealt reliever Seung-hwan Oh to the Colorado Rockies for a pair of minor-leaguers.

Depth will be an issue going forward for the injury-plagued Jays. Today’s starter, Marcus Stroman (5.20 ERA) has regained his form of late.

Stroman has won three of his last four starts. That includes a triumph over the White Sox in Chicago on Friday in which he gave up two runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Justin Smoak homered and Kendrys Morales recorded two singles and an RBI in Tuesday’s loss. The Blue Jays fell to 2-3 on their 10-game road excursion. Smoak is riding a five-game hitting streak during which he has gone 8-for-27 after ending his 11-game home run drought.

Oakland Looks for Continued Offense Success

Oakland has bolstered their lineup as they try to chase down the Seattle Mariners. They are battling for the last Wild Card berth in the American League. Former New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia (2.56 ERA) will act as a potential set-up man for the squad.

Wednesday’s starter, Sean Manaea, has a 3.46 ERA this season. He hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in a game since late May. Seven of his last nine appearances were quality starts.

Oakland carried a six-game winning streak into Colorado last weekend. They scored a total of four runs while being swept of the three-game set. The Athletics have bounced back. They outscored Toronto 16-3 while winning the first two contests of the series.

It is a good start to their eight-game string at home, where they’ve won four in a row.

Khris Davis belted his major league-leading eighth home run since the All-Star break. He went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in Tuesday’s 6-2 victory.

 

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