Shoemaker, Blue Jays to face Fiers, Athletics on Saturday
Oakland, California; Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Matt Shoemaker (3-0, 1.75 ERA, .86 WHIP, 23 strikeouts) Athletics: Mike Fiers (3-1, 7.06 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 16 strikeouts)
LINE: Athletics favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Oakland and Toronto will square off at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday.
The Athletics are 7-6 on their home turf. Oakland has hit 37 home runs this season, fourth in the MLB. Khris Davis leads them with 10, averaging one every 8.1 at-bats.
The Blue Jays are 5-6 in road games. Toronto ranks last in the American League in hitting with a .217 batting average. Freddy Galvis leads the club with an average of .304. The Blue Jays won the last meeting 5-1. Marcus Stroman earned his first victory and Brandon Drury went 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Toronto. Aaron Brooks registered his second loss for Oakland.
TOP PERFORMERS: Davis leads the Athletics with 10 home runs and has 20 RBIs. Josh Phegley is 12-for-35 with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Oakland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 5-5, .272 batting average, 6.06 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs
Blue Jays: 6-4, .251 batting average, 4.18 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs
Athletics Injuries: Sean Manaea: 60-day IL (shoulder), Daniel Gossett: 60-day IL (elbow), Marco Estrada: 10-day IL (lumbar strain), Jharel Cotton: 60-day IL (elbow), Nick Martini: 10-day IL (knee), Matt Olson: 10-day IL (hand), Chris Herrmann: 60-day IL (knee).
Blue Jays Injuries: Clayton Richard: 10-day IL (knee), David Phelps: 10-day IL (elbow), Ryan Borucki: 60-day IL (elbow), Dalton Pompey: 60-day IL (concussion), Jonathan Davis: 10-day IL (ankle), Devon Travis: 60-day IL (knee).