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The Toronto Blue Jays have lost five games in a row, including the first two games in Oakland. Here's handicapper Ben Rajavuori giving his Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays prediction and pick for Wednesday's final game of the series.

Oakland Athletics vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction: Will Vlad Guerrero Jr and Toronto Jump on James Kaprielian?

The Blue Jays are in danger of being swept by the Athletics, a sentence that many wouldn't have expected entering the series. The books don't think it will happen, however, as the Blue Jays are -205 today. There is a spot on this game I love.

Athletics vs. Blue Jays Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: July 6, 2022
  • Game Time: 3:37 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays Prediction

One of the most significant factors for me in this series was the travel. The Blue jays had to travel overnight from Tampa Bay to Oakland and cross three hours of time zones in the process. The Blue Jays are also an eastern time zone team, so on a long night, they had to travel across the country and play a game starting at 11:00 p.m. in Toronto's time. I actually took the Athletics run line in game one for this reason, and it paid off. The Blue Jays looked horrible and lost outright as sizeable favorites. Yesterday, they looked much better, getting 10 hits, but they turned it into only three runs, and Kikuchi looked horrible again, and the Blue Jays lost. I think now that they have been in Oakland a few days now, combined with the fact that today is a day game, should mean the Blue Jays look much better in this series closer.

Today, the Blue Jays start Jose Berrios, who has also been awful, but this is an excellent time to get back on track. Berrios is 6-4 with a 5.72 ERA on the season. However, he is coming off a decent start against the Rays, where he went 5 IP with only two earned runs. The one thing about Berrios is he seems to string his performances together. When he does bad, he does terrible for multiple starts in a row, and when he's good, he seems to string a few good starts together. Well, he's coming off a good start, and now he's facing the worst-hitting team in the league. The A's are dead last in the league against right-handed pitching with a .208 average. On top of that, the A's are rested multiple starters today. Vimael Machin, Skye Bolt, and Nick Allen will all be at the bottom of the lineup today, significantly weakening the already weak lineup.

Conversely, the Blue Jays have their best lineup on the diamond today. The only possible player that could add to the lineup is George Springer, but Tapia is at center field today and is hitting .261, so they will be just fine. This is one of the strongest lineups we have seen from the Jays all year, and today they face James Kaprielian, who has a 6.45 ERA at home this season. Kaprielian is coming off a quality start against the Mariners, but that was on the road, and he has strangely struggled much more at home. Now, he's facing one of the top lineups in the league. The Blue Jays should have a solid bounce-back game and jump on Kaprielian early.

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Ben Rajavuori is a handicapper out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been creating sports content for almost four years now and is an expert in all things NFL, MLB, NBA, UFC, and NCAAB. Ben thrives on diving deep into statistics to find the best angle on every bet. You can follow him on Twitter @WeBeatTheSpread.


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