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    Lawrence Butler leads the Oakland Athletics (42-96) into a matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays (76-62) after he homered twice in a 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are favored (-168) against the Athletics (+143) in this outing, which begins at 9:40 PM ET on Tuesday. Chris Bassitt starts for Toronto while Oakland will counter with Ken Waldichuk.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Blue Jays vs. Athletics

    • Game Day: Tuesday, September 5, 2023
    • Game Time: 9:40 PM ET
    • Location: Oakland, California
    • Stadium: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
    Blue Jays vs Athletics Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Blue Jays -168 8.5

    How Do I Watch the Blue Jays vs. the Athletics?

    • TV Channel: NBCS-CA

    Blue Jays Stats & Trends

    Blue Jays Batting

    • The Blue Jays average 1.2 home runs per game to rank 16th in MLB play with 162 total home runs.
    • Toronto’s .260 batting average is fourth-best in the majors.
    • The Blue Jays’ .332 on-base percentage is fourth-best in MLB.
    • Toronto’s batters strike out 8.0 times per game, the seventh-lowest average in the majors.
    • The Blue Jays have hit 94 homers on the road this season (1.3 per game).
    • Toronto is averaging 3.2 extra-base hits per game while slugging .432 on the road.
    • The team is batting .265 with 688 hits (9.4 per game) on the road this season.

    Blue Jays Key Batters

    • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has 140 hits this season and a team-best OBP of .345. He has a .268 batting average and a slugging percentage of .441.
    • He ranks 56th in batting average, 38th in on-base percentage, and 75th in slugging among qualified hitters in baseball.
    • Guerrero has picked up at least one hit in two straight games. During his last five outings he is batting .300 with a double, a home run, four walks and three RBI.
    • George Springer has 22 doubles, a triple, 17 home runs and 53 walks. He’s batting .258 and slugging .403 with an on-base percentage of .331.
    • His batting average is 76th among qualified players, his on-base percentage 69th, and his slugging percentage 107th.
    • Springer has picked up at least one hit in four games in a row. During his last five outings he is batting .300 with two doubles, five walks and two RBI.
    • Whit Merrifield has collected 142 base hits, an OBP of .331 and a slugging percentage of .406 this season.
    • Daulton Varsho has 16 home runs, 51 RBI and a batting average of .220 this season.

    Athletics Stats & Trends

    Athletics Batting

    • The Athletics have hit 145 homers this season, which ranks 21st in the league.
    • Oakland has a team batting average of just .224 this season, which ranks last among MLB teams.
    • The Athletics have an OBP of just .301 this season, which ranks 28th in MLB.
    • Oakland ranks 24th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 9.1 Ks per contest.
    • They’ve hit 66 homers, an average of 1.0 per game, in 69 home contests this season.
    • Oakland is slugging .359 in 69 home games this season.
    • In home games this season, they’re batting .215 with 6.9 base hits per contest.

    Athletics Key Batters

    • Esteury Ruiz has a slugging percentage of .335, a team-high for the Athletics. He’s batting .249 with an on-base percentage of .304.
    • Including all the qualifying hitters in the big leagues, he ranks 99th in batting average, 121st in on-base percentage and 134th in slugging percentage.
    • Brent Rooker has collected 96 hits with a .327 OBP to pace his team in both. He has a batting average of .242 while slugging .465.
    • His batting average is 110th among all qualified players, his on-base percentage is 78th, and he is 44th in slugging.
    • Tony Kemp has 13 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 39 walks while hitting .218.
    • Ryan Noda has 19 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs and 66 walks while batting .240.

    Blue Jays vs. Athletics Probable Pitchers

    Chris Bassitt (TOR) Pitcher Ken Waldichuk (OAK)
    13 – 7 W/L 2 – 7
    165.1 IP 114
    3.81 ERA 5.92
    1.179 WHIP 1.667
    8.2 K/9 9.0
    2.8 BB/9 5.1

    Blue Jays vs. Athletics Injury Updates

    • Blue Jays: Matt Chapman: 10 Day IL (Finger), Bo Bichette: 10 Day IL (Quadricep), Danny Jansen: 10 Day IL (Finger), Erik Swanson: 15 Day IL (Spine), Adam Cimber: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Hagen Danner: 60 Day IL (Oblique), Otto Lopez: 60 Day IL (Oblique), Brandon Belt: day-to-day (Back)
    • Athletics: JJ Bleday: 10 Day IL (Knee), Austin Pruitt: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Freddy Tarnok: 15 Day IL (Calf), Angel Felipe: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Zach Jackson: 60 Day IL (Elbow), James Kaprielian: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Mason Miller: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Richard Lovelady: 60 Day IL (Arm), Drew Rucinski: 60 Day IL (Illness), Yacksel Ríos: 60 Day IL (Finger)

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