Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview

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Freddy Galvis and the Toronto Blue Jays are preparing to take on the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in a Thursday showdown. RSN Sports will be airing this AL matchup and the game gets underway at 10:07 p.m. ET.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Sportsbooks have Toronto (+120) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-130). The total currently stands at 8.5 runs and bettors can play the over for -105 or the under for -115. This game currently has a runline of Blue Jays +1.5 (-175) and Angels -1.5 (+155).

The Blue Jays are 14-16 SU and have gone 18-11 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 1.0 unit for gamblers taking the moneyline over the early portions of the season and 7.2 units ATS. Toronto has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Angels, on the other hand, are 14-17 SU and 17-13 ATS. They’ve lost 4.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 5.2 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven.

Los Angeles games have had an over/under record of 12-17-1 so far in 2019. The Blue Jays have been a decent under bet with a total record of 11-17-1.

Right-hander Aaron Sanchez will get the start for Toronto. Sanchez is 3-1 with a 2.32 ERA and 27 strikeouts. This is his first outing against Los Angeles this year. He did make two starts against the Angels in 2018, posting a 0-0 record against them with a 3.00 ERA and three strikeouts.

The Angels are handing the ball to lefty Tyler Skaggs (2-2, 3.15 ERA), who has 19 punchouts and five walks as well as a WHIP of 1.25. Skaggs only made one start against the Blue Jays in 2018 (0-0, 5.40 ERA and six strikeouts across five innings).

Toronto’s pitching staff allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.32 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 8.34 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.49, along with a K-per-9 of 9.53.

Blue Jays hitters have slashed .228/.294/.382 on their way to 4.1 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Toronto’s hitters have been paced by Freddy Galvis and Randal Grichuk, who collectively have swatted 10 home runs. Galvis is slashing .297/.317/.485 with five home runs, 12 RBIs and 14 runs scored, while Grichuk (.246/.301/.439) is up to five homers, 13 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles’ pitching staff has allowed 4.8 runs per game overall in 2019. The club’s starters have a 5.51 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.90 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 10.0 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense is putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 5.8 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .255/.344/.398 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Angels’ hitters have been led by Andrelton Simmons and Mike Trout. Simmons is slashing .286/.302/.437 with three home runs, 16 RBIs and 14 runs scored, and Trout’s line sits at .303/.492/.573 with six homers, 19 RBIs and 19 runs.

The Blue Jays have gained 6.3 units and are 6-2 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in two of those games, as opposed to six that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 2.2 units and are 12-8 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 10 of those games, compared to nine that’ve cashed the under.

Blue Jays vs. Angels MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in four of Toronto’s last seven games.
  • The Angels have won five of their last six games SU.
  • Toronto fielders have six errors over the last five contests, compared to only two errors for Los Angeles over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 16 over their last 10.
  • The Blue Jays have an OPS of .676 this season, including an OPS of .669 against left-handed pitchers. The Angels’ OPS stands at .729 overall and .639 against southpaws.