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L.A. Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays
MLB: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:07 PM EST
After winning three in a row the Angels dropped two of their next three games. They are just under .500 on the season, but still well back of the Houston Astros in the AL West. The team needs a boost and may get that in this series, as Justin Upton will make his season debut, as he has missed the season so far with a toe injury. The Halos pitching only ranks 25th in the Majors in team ERA, but at least in this series facing a Toronto club that ranks near the bottom of the pack in runs scored.
The Blue Jays had lost two straight before recently snapping that skid. In the two losses, they gave up 22 runs and only scored four but got a big 12-0 win over the Astros to get back in the W column. Toronto has the 4th fewest runs in the Majors and even though it is only June they are over 17 games out of first place in the AL East.
The Angels have won seven of their last nine games facing the Jays and have beaten them in six of their last eight games facing them north of the border.
Skaggs gets closer to .500 mark with win in last start
Tyler Skaggs (5-6 5.00 ERA) goes for the Angels in this game and he picked up his 5th win in his last outing to get close to .500 on the season. In that start, he gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings in a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. L.A. had lost his previous two starts where he gave up nine runs in 11 innings of work. Skaggs had a solid home start in early May against the Blue Jays giving up two runs on four hits in six innings in a 6-2 Angels win. However, the Halos have lost his last four starts facing a team with a losing record.
Mike Trout leads the Angels in HR and RBI and after a mini-slump going for only one hit and no RBI in four games he went deep and had two RBI in a recent game.
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 16, 2019
Upton is a solid bat in the lineup and last season he had 30 HR and led the club with 85 RBI. Earlier this season in La La Land the Angels took three of four games against the Jays.
Stroman looks to repeat solid last outing
Marcus Stroman (4-8 3.18 ERA) gets the call for the Jays and he had a solid last start only giving up two runs in seven innings in a 12-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Toronto had lost his previous two starts where he gave up nine runs in 12 2/3 innings. One of Stroman’s worst starts of the season came on May 1st facing the Angels where he gave up six runs in only three 1/3 innings in a 6-3 Blue Jays loss. Toronto has lost 12 of his last 17 starts and they have lost seven of his last 10 home starts.
While the Blue Jays have had issues at the dish this season, they belted five HR, including two by Teoscar Hernandez in a recent 12-0 win over the Astros. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has been swinging a hot bat, as in a recent seven-game stretch he has gone yard three times and has 10 RBI. Toronto will be facing a lefty Skaggs in this game and they have lost 13 of their last 19 home games against a left-hand starter.
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
The L.A. Angels are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
- 2-5 in their last 7 games on astroturf
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Many of the betting trends point to the Angels in this game and Stroman was tagged up in his only start this season facing L.A., but Toronto is still the pick. I think he will have another strong outing like his last one while Skaggs will get roughed up a bit. Take the Blue Jays in this Game 2 at home.
Prediction: PICK: Blue Jays
Full-Game Total Pick
In Skaggs last six starts against the Blue Jays the Under record is 4-0-2. That trend will continue, but not because of Skaggs, but because of Stroman, who will have a good start and keep the L.A. bats in check. The Jays will not light up the scoreboard, but get a few runs and in a low scoring affair the Under has to be the pick.
Prediction: PICK Under