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The Toronto Blue Jays will face off against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Fox Sports West will broadcast this AL showdown and the opening pitch is scheduled for 9:07 p.m. ET.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Toronto (+110) is entering this one as the underdog against Los Angeles (-120) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds sitting at -190 for the Blue Jays +1.5 runs and +165 for the Angels -1.5 runs.

The Angels are 41-35 straight up (SU) and 34-41 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 1.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.3 units (ATS). The Blue Jays are 34-41 SU and have gone 34-40 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 6.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.3 units ATS.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 35-35-5 so far in 2018. Toronto has an over/under record of 35-31-8.

Right-hander Marcus Stroman is projected to start for the visiting Blue Jays. Stroman (0-5, 7.71 ERA) has recorded 32 strikeouts in 37.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Angels this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 1.00 ERA and five strikeouts across nine innings).

The Angels are going with righty Jaime Barria (5-3, 3.57 ERA), who has 37 punchouts and 10 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.17. Barria did not accrue any MLB pitching stats last season.

Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The teams starters have an ERA of 3.74, a WHIP of 1.25 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.0. The bullpen has a 3.86 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.

Los Angeles hitters are putting up 4.6 runs per outing, including 4.8 per game over its last 10 games and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .247/.332/.440 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Angels offense has been led by outfielder Mike Trout and shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Trout is slashing .328/.467/.676 with 23 home runs, 48 RBIs, 62 runs and 13 stolen bases, while the line for Simmons stands at .307/.375/.424 with four homers, 34 RBIs and 35 runs scored.

For the visitors, Toronto’s pitching staff allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starters own a 4.95 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 8.18 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.15, along with a K-per-9 of 8.88.

The Blue Jays offense has slashed .236/.311/.418 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game this year, including 3.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Toronto’s offense has been sparked by third baseman Yangervis Solarte and right fielder Kevin Pillar. Solarte is slashing .253/.309/.467 with 15 home runs, 44 RBIs and 38 runs scored, while Pillar is hitting .246/.281/.415 with seven homers, 28 RBIs, 35 runs and 10 stolen bases.

The Blue Jays have gained 4.2 units and are 21-25 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 23 of those games, compared to 19 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 8.3 units and are 29-28 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 26 of those games, compared to 27 that’ve gone under.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in zero of Los Angeles last seven games.
  • The Blue Jays have dropped three of their last four games SU.
  • Los Angeles has posted 21.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.2 over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.