It’s been nearly eight months since the Oakland Athletics traded their best player, third baseman Josh Donaldson, to the Toronto Blue Jays. This Wednesday, they’ll meet for the second time since that fateful transaction, with Felix Doubront scheduled to start for the Jays (47-47, –4.23 units) against Sonny Gray and the A’s (43-51, –16.85 units). First pitch from the Coliseum is at 10:05 PM ET.
Doubront (4.27 FIP lifetime) will be making just his third start in a Jays uniform. Shoulder trouble derailed what had been a promising career in Boston, where Doubront had a solid 2013 campaign (3.78 FIP) for the Red Sox. Toronto got mixed results in Doubront’s first two starts, a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox (+114 at home) and an 11-10 loss to the Kansas City Royals (–118 at home).
Gray (2.84 FIP) has pitched very well for Oakland this year. However, his A’s teammates have played poorly enough to lose 0.41 betting units in Gray’s 19 starts, despite going 11-8. While much has been said about Oakland’s +53 run differential on the season, Gray has benefited from an unusually low .255 BABIP against, with a career-high 78.0% of base runners left stranded.