MLB Baseball Betting: Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels play the second game of a three game series at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday and the AL East race couldn’t be tighter. The top three teams in the division–Toronto, Boston and Baltimore–all won on Tuesday so here’s where things are at entering Wednesday’s action: the Jays and Red Sox are tied for first place with a 71-54 record. The Jays have been playing well (6-4 L10) but the BoSox have been playing better (8-2 L10). The Orioles are 4-6 in their last ten but have won two straight and are two games off the pace. The New York Yankees are in fourth place now 7.5 games out. Boston plays two more games against the Tampa Bay Rays today and tomorrow before they’ll head home to host the red hot Kansas City Royals. Baltimore, meanwhile, will play two more Interleague games against the Washington Nationals through Thursday. The Jays will welcome the Minnesota Twins to the Rogers Centre for a three game series starting on Friday.

The Angels are having a horrible season and everywhere you look on their ‘profit and loss statement’ you’ll find red ink. They’re 52-73 -21.2 units overall, 23-40 -14.2 units on the road and 36-56 -19.9 units against right handed pitching. They’ll start right hander Matt Shoemaker here and he’s all got ‘red ink’ all over his ledger. For the season, he’s got a 4.14 ERA overall with a 1.263 WHIP, a 5.09 road ERA with a 1.382 WHIP and a L3 ERA of 4.50 with a 1.300 ERA. The Halos are 8-16 -8.6 units overall in Shoemaker’s starts, 3-10 on the road for -6.8 units and 1-2 in his last three. He’s coming off a very solid start going 7 innings against Seattle on 8/18 allowing 5 hits, 2 ER with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. On the downside, he gave up two home runs.

The Jays will counter with right hander Marco Estrada who has been very solid this season. He’s got a 3.20 ERA overall with a 1.043 WHIP, a 2.75 home ERA with a 1.048 WHIP and a 4.50 L3 ERA with a 1.250 WHIP. The Jays are 12-9 overall when he starts, 6-5 at home and 2-1 L3. Toronto is healthy and got CF Kevin Pillar off the disabled list yesterday. They need to keep winning and there’s no reason they can’t against this class.


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