Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Preview

Victor TrejosBaseball, MLB

The Los Angeles Angels are playing host to the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The first pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports West will broadcast this AL matchup.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Toronto (+140) is the underdog against Los Angeles (-150) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this night game at 8 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Runline odds stand at -155 for taking the Blue Jays +1.5 runs and +135 for the Angels -1.5 runs.

The Blue Jays are 34-39 SU and have gone 34-38 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.3 units for moneyline bettors and 7.7 units ATS. Toronto is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Angels, on the other hand, are 39-35 SU and 33-41 ATS. They’ve lost 2.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 11.8 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread just once in its last seven games and the over has cashed in six of those seven.

Neither squad has established itself as a strong over/under play this year. Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 34-35-5 so far in 2018. Blue Jays games have gone over 33 times, gone under 31 times and pushed on eight instances.

Aaron Sanchez will get the start for the visiting Blue Jays. The right-handed Sanchez (3-5, 4.35 ERA) has recorded 66 strikeouts in 78.2 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

The Angels will send lefty Tyler Skaggs (6-4, 2.81 ERA) to the mound. Skaggs has 86 strikeouts and 24 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.23. Skaggs is 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA in one start against Toronto this year.

As a unit, Los Angeles’ pitchers have yielded 4.2 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starters have a 3.75 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.90 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.

Los Angeles’ offense has produced 4.6 runs per outing, including 4.5 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .250/.333/.403 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Right fielder Mike Trout and shortstop Andrelton Simmons have led the Angels’ hitters this year. Trout is hitting .335/.469/.689 with 23 home runs, 48 RBIs, 60 runs and 13 stolen bases, while Simmons is hitting .312 with four homers, 34 RBIs and 34 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Toronto’s pitchers have allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starters own a 4.95 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8.16 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.07, along with a K-per-9 of 8.84.

The Blue Jays offense has slashed .235/.312/.416 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Third baseman Yangervis Solarte and right fielder Kevin Pillar continue to lead Toronto’s offense. Solarte is hitting .260/.317/.480 with 15 home runs, 44 RBIs and 38 runs scored, while Pillar (.250/.285/.420) is up to seven homers, 28 RBIs, 35 runs and 10 stolen bases.

The Blue Jays have lost 9.6 units and are 13-14 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 11 of those games, compared to 12 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 7.3 units and are 28-28 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 25 of those games, as opposed to 27 that’ve cashed the under.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Blue Jays, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in six of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Blue Jays have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.
  • Toronto has recorded 23.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 23.0 over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have won four of their last five games SU.