Free MLB Picks Today: Toronto Blue Jays vs Oakland Athletics 6/24/23

Free MLB Picks Today: Toronto Blue Jays vs Oakland Athletics 6/24/23
Sat 24th June 2023

The Oakland Athletics (20-58) are on the road to face the Toronto Blue Jays (41-36) at Rogers Centre on Saturday. The Athletics took Friday’s series opener 5-4.

Reliever Lucas Erceg was credited with the win after throwing one scoreless inning, and Trevor May earned his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

Shea Langeliers was 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in the win. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 2 for 4 with a home run and a double for the Blue Jays. He drove in three runs.

ON THE MOUND

Hogan Harris (2-1, 4.45 ERA) is set for the start for Oakland. The lefty allowed two runs over six innings in his last start, a 3-2 road defeat against the Phillies on Sunday. He took the loss, giving up four hits while striking out seven.

RHP Jose Berrios (7-5, 3.64 ERA) is on the mound for Toronto. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Athletics. Berrios made one start against the Athletics in 2022, throwing six innings in a 2-1 road win on July 6. He gave up four hits and walked one while striking out six in the no-decision.

In his last start on Monday, Berrios took the loss on the road against the Marlins. He threw four innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking one in the 11-0 defeat.

AT THE PLATE

Over the last five games, Oakland has averaged 3.2 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 3.5. Against right-handed pitchers like Berrios this season, the A’s have a .642 OPS, the lowest in the league.

Ryan Noda is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a .821 OPS in 190 at-bats. Toronto is averaging only 3.8 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.4 for the season.

The Jays have a .705 OPS against lefties in 2023. With a .666 OPS over 52 at-bats, George Springer has been their best hitter against left-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

Oakland is 11-29 away from home in 2023, scoring 4.0 runs per game while allowing 6.6 runs. Toronto has gone 19-14 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.2 runs per game while surrendering 3.8. In the last 10 games between the teams at Rogers Centre, Toronto is 8-2 with an average scoreline of 6.2-4.1.

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Athletics are fifth in the AL West, 28 games behind the division-leading Rangers. The Blue Jays are fourth in the AL East, 11 games behind the Rays.

SportsTips’ MLB Pick:

Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 (-135)

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