Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick - 8/2/2013
Toronto Blue Jays (50-58) at Los Angeles Angels (49-58)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Los Angeles Angels -122 / Toronto Blue Jays +112 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Angels look for their first winning streak in a week after snapping a six-game slide against the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2.
LA led 7-0 after three, then exploded for four runs during the bottom of the first, due to Howie Kendrick's RBI-single, Mark Trumbo's home run and J.B. Shuck's HR. Josh Hamilton, Erick Aybar and Shuck knocked in runs the next two frames. Toronto joined the Angels on the scoreboard during the fifth, thanks to Colby Rasmus' RBI-double and Maicer Izturis' groundout. Shuck's sacrifice fly brought in Los Angeles' final run. The Jays were outhit 12-6 by the Angels, as well, and had two of the game's three errors.
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Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.15 ERA) tries to help LA close back in on .500 (On July 10 they were 44-46 and are now 49-58). It seemed like once the Angels got close to .500 a few weeks ago, they relaxed instead of playing with the same ferocity that got them there. Hanson has been part of two Los Angeles defeats in July, both seeing the opposition strike for 10 runs, as he yielded six of them during 10 innings. In Anaheim, Hanson is 2-2, tripping up the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees with zero and two-run baseball during six and 6.1 frames.
The Houston Astros are Hanson's giant bugaboo, blowing in 10 runs, nine earned, during 11.1 innings of 5-0 and 6-3 home losses. Hanson toppled Toronto 5-2 last June 9, giving up two runs during eight frames. The Blue Jays are 28-of-85, with 10 RBIs versus Hanson. Josh Tole and Jose Reyes have four and three RBIs driven in during 26 and 21 at-bats.
Todd Redmond (1-1, 3.81 ERA) gets the assignment for Toronto who is 3-3 when he works. The good news is the Jays have won three of Redmond's last four appearances. The bad news is Toronto is 1-2 when Redmond delivers on the road.
On July 13 at the Baltimore Orioles, Redmond took a four-inning three-run no-decision in a 7-3 Blue Jays victory. Redmond toosed 4.2 frames of relief at the end of May, surrendering three runs in two away defeats. The Angels should be able to add to Redmond's struggles, especially if they jump out to another early cushion.