MLB: Anemic A's up Against Stellar System

MLB: Anemic A's up Against Stellar System

All baseball teams go thru droughts during the course of a major league baseball season and can't swing the bat and hit a beach ball thrown five feet from them.


2008-08-07

All baseball teams go thru droughts during the course of a major league baseball season and can't swing the bat and hit a beach ball thrown five feet from them. In Oakland, it's not a slump, it's an epidemic. The Athletics have plummeted faster then a watermelon thrown off a roof top by David Letterman for The Late Show.

The A's have lost nine in a row (-9.95 units), as Oakland's slumping bats haven't scored more than three runs in any game in this streak. On July 11th, the Athletics trailed the Los Angeles Angels by four games and were in the thick of pennant contention for the division and wild card races. After losing 18 of next 20, they are closer to last place Seattle than to the heavenly scent of first place the Angels hold.

Oakland has averaged 2.65 runs while hitting .214 in its last 20 games, and Justin Duchscherer (10-7, 2.33, 0.956 WHIP) has been the unfortunate recipient on four such occasions during this stretch, even though the right-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his outings. One more loss makes it an even 10 defeats, which would be worst stretch since April 19-30, 1994, when they lost a dozen straight.

Toronto in turn seeks first ever four-game sweep of odious Oakland and sends A.J. Burnett up the hill to complete the task. Burnett (13-9, 4.57, 1.437) has won five of last six starts, allowing two or less runs in four of those opportunities. Though lacking a superlative home earned run average (4.86), Burnett and the Blue Jays have won 8 of his 11 starts at the Rogers Centre. Sportsbook.com has established Toronto as -109 money line favorites, with total Un7.

All of these factors roll together like making bread, setting up the possibility of earning real quality dough from a FoxSheets Super System.

PLAY AGAINST all underdogs with a money line of +100 or higher (OAKLAND), who are bad AL offensive team, scoring 4.2 runs per game or less, against a team with a very good bullpen (3.33 ERA or less), with a starting pitcher who gives up 5.5 or less hits a start.

This system is a dazzling 26-6, 81.2 percent since 2004 and has many other supporting angles. Toronto is 14-4 vs. a starting pitcher like Duchscherer, who gives up 5.5 or less hits a start this season and is even better 12-1 in home games vs. an AL team with an on base percentage .330 or worse in the second half of the season over the last two years.

The Blue Jays are 15-5 against the money line after allowing three runs or less three straight games this season, thanks to a bullpen that has the best ERA in baseball at 2.97, potentially further diminishing the chances of the Athletics busting out of horrendous hitting period. Oakland is 3-18 on the road after scoring four runs or less four straight games since the beginning of 2006 campaign.

Opening pitch is scheduled for 7:07 Eastern and can be seen in local markets and on MLB.TV. Hard not to ride such a streak against the free-falling A's.


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