The ice-cold Toronto Blue Jays will try to avoid losing their fifth straight game they play host to the Los Angeles Angels at Rogers Centre. The game gets underway 7:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports West will broadcast this AL matchup.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds
Toronto (+105) is the home-team underdog against Los Angeles (-115) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds coming in at Angels -1.5 runs (+130) and Blue Jays 1.5 runs (-150).
The Angels are 26-21 SU and have gone 23-24 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 2.6 units for moneyline bettors over the early part of the year, despite having lost 0.7 units ATS. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 22-25 SU and 23-24 ATS. The teams lost 4.3 units for moneyline bettors and 2.6 units ATS.
Neither side has established itself as an obvious over/under play this year. Toronto games have had an over/under record of 21-20-6 so far in 2018. Los Angeles has an over/under record of 23-23-1.
Garrett Richards will get the nod for the Halos. The right-handed Richards is 4-2 with a 3.47 ERA and 53 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Blue Jays this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.
The Blue Jays are handing the ball to lefty J.A. Happ (5-3, 4.15 ERA), who has 66 strikeouts and 13 walks, as well as a 1.13 WHIP. Happ only made one start against the Angels in 2017 (0-1, 4.50 ERA and five strikeouts across six innings).
As a unit, Toronto’s pitching staff has yielded 5.0 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 5.44, a WHIP of 1.49 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.4. The bullpen has a 3.38 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.
The Toronto hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 3.9 per game over its last 10 games and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .228/.335/.377 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that span.
The Blue Jay offense has been led by Kevin Pillar, who is slashing .294/.332/.486 with four home runs, 20 RBIs, 26 runs and eight stolen bases. Pillar did not seem to enjoy hitting against right-handed pitching at home last season, slashing .208/.250/.303 over 236 such plate appearances (his total season line was .255/.300/.403).
For the visiting squad, Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.69 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.33 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.84, along with a WHIP of 1.24 and a K/9 of 9.16.
The Angels offense has slashed .249/.323/.422 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2018, including 2.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 2.4 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).
Los Angeles offense has been led by Mike Trout. Trout is slashing .294/.440/.632 with 14 home runs, 28 RBIs, 38 runs and 10 stolen bases. He did not do especially well against left-handed pitchers last season, maintaining a slash line of .280/.443/.463 across 106 plate appearances (his overall season line was .306/.442/.629).
The Angels just got a 5-2 victory over the Rays, while the Blue Jays are coming off of a 9-2 loss against the Athletics.
Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Blue Jays, ATS Winner – Blue Jays, O/U – OVER
- The under has cashed in four of Los Angeles last seven games.
- The Angels have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.
- Los Angeles has posted 14.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 12.0 over its last five.
- The Blue Jays have lost seven of their last eight games SU.