It’s a short card on the table on Monday night. With only two games in the American League tonight, there’s slim pickings for my MLB pick at The Sports Geek. If you’ve caught on by now, I cover the American League here at the blog. If you’re new to the website, well, there you are, and welcome. I haven’t completely whiffed with the vast majority of picks this season.
However, yesterday was the exception. Our Royals’ pick went up in flames as the Indians pummeled them by a wide margin. The Royals meet up with the Astros today. Meanwhile, in the American League, the Toronto Blue Jays travel out to the west coast for the second time this season. The Jays were in Anaheim to face the Angels in April, a series which saw a split. They’ll play the Angels’ next-door neighbors, the Oakland Athletics out west for three days.
The Blue Jays are almost there, they’ve almost successfully clawed back to the even mark. They currently sit at 28-29, a win tonight would of course bring them to .500. In any other division in the majors, the Blue Jays would not be in last place. However, in the American League East, the Jays are 5th in the division.
The Jays are trending up, though, so I wouldn’t read too far into their last place standing at the moment. The A’s on the other hand, are probably in the right place, the basement of the AL West. The weekend is over unfortunately, but let’s start the week out with a winning MLB pick. Get our free Blue Jays vs. Athletics pick below.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Pick
J.A. Happ (0-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. Sean Manaea (4-3, 3.91 ERA)
J.A. Happ is back in the starting rotation following a stint on the DL. Happ was gone since mid-April but is back for his second start since. He looked great in his return, pitching 4 innings and allowing just 3 hits and 2 runs. The Jays had a short leash on him and didn’t want to exert him too much coming back from injury. If he’s pitching like that tonight, I expect him to last longer, but the Blue Jays will still be cautious with him. Happ owns a 4.50 ERA overall and is looking to improve on that tonight against the A’s.
Sean Manaea stands in the Blue Jays way on Monday night. Manaea has asserted himself as a relatively useful weapon in the Athletics’ arsenal. Sonny Gray has fallen off the map, and Manaea is making a case to be the next ace in Oakland. Note that he is only in his second year at the major league level.
In 24 starts a year ago, Manaea posted an ERA of 3.86, and while his 3.91 isn’t exceeding he has been showing signs of improvement. In his last three outings, Manaea has yielded an ERA of 1.42, along with a 1.03 WHIP and .274 OBA. After a close 3-2 win yesterday for the Blue Jays, I could see them falling asleep at the wheel in this one against the Athletics on the road in Oakland. The Blue Jays look like the fancy pick, but the A’s should be the money pick on Monday.
PICK: ATHLETICS (-115)