Free MLB Picks, Tips and Odds: Oakland Athletics @ Toronto Blue Jays Favorite, Moneyline, Total and Expert Predictions 8/9/11: What can be said about the Oakland Athletics effort as of late? The Athletics have used a string of solid series over the past four weeks to shake the criticism of being a old, lackluster ball club. Just recently, they have managed to win series against the Angels, Tigers, swept the Rays, Twins, and are coming off of a weekend series win over the Tampa Bay Rays again. There is no secret to the Athletics success as of late, they are playing hard and have diminished their mental lapses. With their young nucleus of players getting extremely viable time in the big leagues, when otherwise they wouldn’t, the head office for Oakland will need to surround this young talent with some proven leadership and charisma in the off-season. A couple sound and savvy veterans would complement this talented young line-up and quite possibly propel them into uncharted territory, territory the Athletics have not scene in awhile.

The call up of Brett Lawrie has proven to play dividends already and all indications are that he is the real deal. Lawrie batted .400 in his opening big league series against the Baltimore Orioles in which he was able to go yard for his first big league homer. The third basemen is scene as the future of the Blue Jays organization and many baseball insiders are calling the Canadian product the next big thing. The insertion of Lawrie to the lineup means the move of all-star Jose Bautista back to right field, a more comfortable spot for the home run champ. Bautista has better grasp of the fielding game and his long stride and arms makes him a viable perennial gold glover. Lawrie in the everyday lineup only makes Toronto a more lethal offensive unit and many would be pressed to find a weak bat across the 9 men unit. Alex Anthopolous will have his work cut out for him this offseason to build a quality pitching rotation that can give his team a chance to compete in the highly contested American League East division.

Tonight we will recommend a play on the Toronto Blue Jays to open up this three game set against the Oakland Athletics. Toronto flexed their offensive muscles with Brett Lawrie in the lineup this past weekend and they now posses an offense that bares and significant short coming from 1 to 9. Brett Cecil will take the mound for the home club in tonight’s affair as he will be looking to pick up this third straight victory. Since being recalled from AAA Las Vegas, Cecil has featured a new over the top pitching release that has garnered him with much more production and deception. Cecil has, for the majority of his career, performed well below his potential and he has yet to live up to his rookie billing as a solid starting pitcher. If the last three outings are any indication then Brett Cecil is finally maturing into the weapon he ought to be and teams are becoming weary of his new approach to hurling the ball. The Athletics are coming off a tremendous series against the Tampa Bay Rays in which hustle and effort were the main ingredients in their series win, but they may have compromised their effectiveness for their opening game against the Blue Jays. We will consider the Blue Jays leaning on the double Brett’s tonight on way to an impressive victory. Cheers!

Free MLB Picks and Expert Tips: Toronto Blue Jays -140(Moneyline)

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Oakland A’s @ Toronto Blue Jays
Date: 8/9/2011
Time: 7:05 PM EST
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Favorite: Toronto Blue Jays -140(moneyline) Total: Over/Under 9 Runs
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