Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays Matchup

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The Los Angeles Angels will be squaring off against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. This AL showdown will begin at 7:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports West will televise the game.

Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Los Angeles (-120) is entering this game as the favorite over Toronto (+110) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this one at 8.5 runs (-115 for the over and -105 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds standing at +125 for the Angels -1.5 runs and -145 for the Blue Jays +1.5.

The Angels are 26-22 SU and have gone 23-24 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 2.6 units for moneyline bettors through the early portions of the year, despite having lost 0.7 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 23-25 SU and 23-24 ATS. They’ve lost 4.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.6 units ATS. Toronto has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven.

Neither team has established itself as an obvious over/under play this year. Toronto games have an over/under record of 21-20-6 so far in 2018. Los Angeles has an over/under record of 23-23-1.

Left-hander Tyler Skaggs is the projected starter for Los Angeles. Skaggs is 3-3 with a 2.88 ERA and 53 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Blue Jays this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 2.57 ERA and four strikeouts across seven innings).

The Blue Jays will put the ball in the right hand of Aaron Sanchez (2-4, 4.47 ERA, 1.53 WHIP), who has 40 punchouts and 29 walks. Sanchez did not record a start against the Angels in 2017.

As a unit, Toronto’s pitching staff has yielded 4.9 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 5.37, a WHIP of 1.47 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.3. The bullpen has a 3.39 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Toronto hitters have produced 4.8 runs per contest, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 3.4 per game over their last five. The team has hit .187/.296/.297 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

The Blue Jays batters have been led by outfielder Kevin Pillar and third baseman Yangervis Solarte. Pillar is slashing .287/.325/.475 with four home runs, 20 RBIs, 26 runs and eight stolen bases, and Solarte’s line is .260/.327/.480 with 10 homers, 29 RBIs and 22 runs scored.

Pillar especially enjoyed hitting against left-handed pitchers at home in 2017. Over 77 such plate appearances, he slashed .333/.364/.583 (compared to his total season line of .255/.300/.403).

In the other dugout, Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.65 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 9.28 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.78, along with a WHIP of 1.25.

Angels hitters have slashed .247/.321/.418 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game this year, including 2.5 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.0 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Los Angeles hitters have been powered by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Mike Trout, who’ve collectively swatted 17 home runs. Simmons is hitting .325/.397/.462 with three home runs, 26 RBIs, 27 runs and five stolen bases, while Trout (.289/.436/.620) has produced 14 homers, 28 RBIs, 39 runs and 10 stolen bases.

The Angels have gained 3.5 units and are 19-18 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 18 of those games, compared to 18 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Blue Jays have lost 3.4 units and are 11-8 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has cashed in six of those games, compared to 10 that went under the total.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Toronto has recorded 19.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 15.0 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit six home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.