The Toronto Blue Jays (44-54, –18.55 betting units) know they’ll be hosting the Oakland Athletics (44-54, –7.27 units) this Tuesday night. But who will pitch for the A’s? Sonny Gray is penciled in to start for Oakland, but he’s been the subject of trade rumors heading towards the July 31 deadline.
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If Gray (3.38 FIP) does take the hill at Rogers Centre, the Jays could be in for another long night. Oakland’s ace has allowed just six earned runs in his last five starts combined, and the A’s won four of those games to improve to 8-7 (+0.35 units) in Gray’s 15 starts on the season. The former All-Star has also limited current Toronto bats to a .673 lifetime OPS, although Jose Bautista is 5-of-12 against Gray with a homer and a fat 1.051 OPS.
With the Jays in freefall and the roster riddled with injuries, reliever Cesar Valdez (6.31 FIP in 19.1 innings) is expected to throw the first pitch at 7:07 PM ET on Sportsnet. Valdez is a 32-year-old righty who’s bounced around the minors since turning pro in 2006; this is his second stint with the Jays organization, after Oakland designated him for assignment in early May.
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