MLB Baseball Betting: Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels

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One nice thing about the Toronto Blue Jays playing on the West Coast–the games have late start times so all I need to say is that ‘Thursday’s result is pending’. It’s nice to have a day off from ranting about the Blue Jays horrible performance over the past couple of weeks. Toronto has been very fortunate in that none of the other teams in the AL East have done much better. The Boston Red Sox are still in first place and posted a nice comeback win over the New York Yankees at Fenway Park last night but they’ve been playing around .500 baseball over the past two weeks. The Baltimore Orioles are in second place two games behind Boston and are 6-4 in their last 10 but lost to Tampa Bay on Thursday. Toronto is in third place 2.5 games back (again, pending the outcome of their Thursday game against the Angels) but having gone 3-7 in their last 10 they’re fortunate to be as close as they are to the top of the division. New York dropped to 5 games back after their loss to Boston on Thursday.

Toronto will start R.A. Dickey and he’s been consistently inconsistent this season. Take his last six starts. Three of them were very good allowing 2 earned runs once and 1 earned run twice. Three were mediocre to bad allowing 5,4 and 3 earned runs. If there’s a ‘silver lining’ to this it’s that one of his good starts was at the Rogers Centre against the Angels on 8/23. That night Dickey went 6 2/3 innings allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs in a 7-2 Blue Jays win. The Angels have struggled against right handed pitching this year losing -13.9 units.

The Halos will counter with right hander Jered Weaver who is having a very substandard year statistically. Overall, Weaver has a 5.25 ERA and 1.491 WHIP with a 5.05 ERA and a 1.443 WHIP at home. He’s got a 4.76 ERA and a 1.235 WHIP in his last three games. Overall, the Angels are 14-14 in his 28 starts with a record of 8-7 when he starts at home. They’re also 3-0 in his last three starts–his line is somewhat misleading based on a 4 inning/5 earned run start at Oakland on 9/5 that the Angels came back to win. In his other two starts he went a total of 13 innings allowing 4 earned runs with 12 strikeouts against 5 walks.

The Angels took 2 of 3 from the Jays at the Rogers Centre in late August. No interest in laying a price with Toronto until they demonstrate that they’re over their recent case of ‘the yips’.


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