Toronto Blue Jays (33-38) vs Los Angeles Angels (38-35)Date : 06/21/2018
Time : 10:07 pm EST
Location : Angel Stadium, Los Angeles, California
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Toronto Blue Jays vs Los Angeles Angels
Game 1 of a 4-game set between the Toronto Blue Jays and the los Angeles Angels will take place at Angel Stadium in Los Angeles, California, beginning on Thursday night at 10:07 pm EST. The Blue Jays remain in 3rd place within the AL East division while the Angels are attempting to pick up steam in which to move up from their 3rd place ranking within the competitive AL West division. This will be the 2nd meeting of the year amongst these two teams with the Angels taking 2 of 3 from Toronto in a 3-game road set on 5-24-2018.
Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :
The Blue Jays are winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. On 6-3-2018, the Jays would win a 4-game road set against the Baltimore Orioles getting the sweep on 6-10-2018; Nonetheless, they would also wind up getting swept in their following 3-game road set versus the Tampa Bay Rays on 6-13-2018. The Jays would also go on to play well in the first 2 games of a 3-game set versus the Washington Nationals by picking up the 6-5 and 2-0 win the set the tone for the series on their way to a series sweep on 6-18-2018.
For the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are averaging 4.51 runs per game (11th) with a team batting average of .235 (23rd), 93 homers (5th) along with 25 stolen bases (26th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.51 (23rd) with 595 strikeouts (19th) along with 27 quality starts on the season (23rd).
Kevin Pillar (.254 BA on 268 AB), Justin Smoak (.225 BA on 227 AB), and Yangervis Solarte (.258 BA on 271 AB) have been the offensive spearheads for the Toronto Blue Jays this season.
Pitcher JA Happ (8-3, 82.2 IP, 35 R, 63 H, 10 HR, 25 BB, 94 SO with an ERA of 3.48) has been the most consistent pitcher for the Blue Jay’s bullpen this year. Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 78.2 IP, 41 R, 73 H, 8 HR, 44 BB, 66 SO with an ERA of 4.35) has also been a pivotal piece to the rotation, despite his lackluster performances this season.
Los Angeles Angels 's Latest Performance :
The Angels come into this game losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 5-0. Recently, the Angels would get swept by the Seattle Mariners in a 3-game set on 6-13-2018. Nonetheless, the Angels will get back into the win column on 6-15-2018 with a game 1 road win over the Oakland A’s in a 3-game set, yet, would lose the series altogether due to a 6-5 loss on 6-17-2018. The Angels would also go on to lose game 1 of a 2-game set versus the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 7-4 on 6-18-2018.
For the season, the Angels are averaging 4.55 runs per game (9th) with a team batting average of .248 (13th), 100 homers (4th) along with 36 stolen bases (15th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.81 (11th) with 666 strikeouts (5th) with 30 quality starts on the year (17th).
Andrelton Simmons (.317 BA on 227 AB), Mike Trout (.332 BA on 256 AB), and Albert Pujols (.249 BA on 269) have been the offensive leaders for the Angels offense this season. Justin Upton (.255 BA on 263 AB) has also been very consistent contributor to the offense as el this season.
Tyler Skaggs (6-4) has pitched 80 innings while allowing 27 runs on 74 hits 8 homers, 24 walks, and 86 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.81. Garrett Richards (4-4) has pitched 68.1 innings while allowing 37 runs on 56 hits, 8 homers, 32 walks, and 78 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.42.
How Toronto Blue Jays & Los Angeles Angels Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Blue Jays are 35-36 ATS while the O/U is 33-32-6. On the other hand, the Angels are 33-40 ATS while the O/U is 34-35-4.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
While the pitcher for game 1 has not been named for the Angels, Aaron Sanchez (3-5) will get the start for the Blue Jays hoping to halt a string of no-decisions recently. In his last outing, he pitched 6 innings while allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts in a 6-5 home win versus the Washington Nationals on 6-15-2018. In his last outing versus the Angels, he pitched 5 innings while allowing no runs on only 2 hits, but, 5 walks and only 2 k’s in a 5-4 home loss on 5-23-2018. Sanchez has been credited with 14 runs on 25 hits in his last 5 outings while the over has been the result in 3 of his last 4 games. While the Jays are 3-0 in his last 3 starts, they are only 2-3 in their last 5 games on the road with Sanchez as the starter.
Chris Young (.429 BA on 7 AB), Justin Upton (.714 BA on 7 AB), Mike Trout (.250 BA on 4 AB), Kole Calhoun (1-2), and Andrelton Simmons (1-1) have certainly had much success against Sanchez in the past while Ian Kinlser (.111 BA on 9 AB), Albert Pujols (0-3), and Luis Valbuena (0-3) have struggled figuring out the right-hander in their careers.
The pitcher for the Angels in game 2 have not been posted, however, Marco Estrada (4-6) will be coming to the mound in hopes of building off his present momentum at the mound with hopes of winning his 3rd straight outing. In his last start, he pitched 6.2 innings while allowing no runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts in a 2-0 home win versus the Nationals on 6-16-2018. In his last outing versus the Angels, Estrada pitched 4.1 innings while giving up 4 runs on 7 hits, in an 8-1 home loss on 5-24-2018. Estrada has only been credited with 7 runs on 20 hits in his last 4 appearances while the under is 5-2-1 in his last 8 starts. While the Blue Jays are 2-0 in his last 2 outings, overall, they are 2-5 in Estrada’s last 7.
Kole Calhoun (.286 BA on 7 AB), Albert Pujols (.600 BA on 5 AB), Andrelton Simmons (.375 BA on 8 AB), Mike Trout (.375 BA on 8 AB), Justin Upton (.500 BA on 4 AB), Luis Valbuena (.278 BA on 18 AB) and Chris Young (.222 BA on 9 AB) have all had success against Estrada in the past; However, Ian Kinsler has struggled against the righty having a .143 batting average on 7 at bats for his career.
The pitchers for games 3 and 4 have not been announced, however, what is interesting is that these two squads have had two distinct seasons. After beginning on a tear to start the season, the Angels have lost 7 of their last 8 while the Blue Jays, after a disastrous season thus far, has picked it up lately in winning 7 of their last 10 contests. Furthermore, the Angels’ pitching, which has been relatively solid all year, has been generous at the plate as well allowing opponents to average a tad under 6 runs per game in their last 8. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, has limited their opponents to 31 runs in their last 9 games (3.4 runs). The offense has also showed signs of awakening for the Jays as they are averaging 5.2 runs in their last 3 games while the Angels continue to struggle at the plate putting up an average of 4.3 runs per game during their 3-game skid.
Against The Spread Selection: Games 1 and 2: Los Angeles Angels
My reason for the pick :
The Angels have not only dominated the Blue Jays in the past, but, they have also been a terror at the plate for the pitchers for Toronto as well. While the Jays staff has pitched much better recently, it would also be important to remember that the Angles, despite their losing skid, remain one of the most dangerous hitting teams in the league. In addition to this, with Toronto continuing to hold position at or near the bottom of the league in ERA and quality starts, I will choose the Angels to win the first 2 matchups of this series, particularly with Estrada and Sanchez not performing well against them at all recently.
Totals Selection: Games 2 and 3: Over
My reason for the prediction :
With the pitchers for both teams not being announced, I will back the over not only in game 3, but, in the finale as well. As stated, the Angels have certainly given up its fair share of runs during its losing skid and while the Blue Jays have cleaned things up on the mound recently (enough to win a few games) they have tended to give up their own share of runs this season as well. I truly feel as if this will be a great series for the Angels as they will come out of their funk against a team that they have dominated in the past. Besides, the Angels are surely thinking about positioning within their tough division (AL West) as they really need some wins in which to remain competitive against the Mariners and, of course, the defending champs, Houston Astros.
Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:
- Betting Trends for Toronto Blue Jays
- The Blue Jays are 1-7 in last 8 road games
- The Over is 7-3 in Blue Jays last 10 road games
- The Under is 8-6 in Blue Jays last 14 games
Betting trends for Los Angeles Angels :
- Betting Trends for Los Angeles Angels
- The Angels are 4-1 in last 5 home games
- The Under is 5-2 in Angels last 7 home games
- The Over is 7-0-1 in Angels last 8 games