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Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 4/30/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels
Date & Time Tuesday April 30, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Angels Stadium
Anaheim, CA
The Line
Los Angeles Angels -125 / Toronto Blue Jays +105
TV Channel
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Angels meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Angels Stadium on Monday night.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to keep the momentum going after getting back to .500 with their second sweep of the Oakland A’s this season, taking the series finale by a final score of 5-4 on Sunday. Brandon Drury led the Jays by going 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs while Eric Sogard went 3 for 6 with a solo home run and a double and Justin Smoak added the game-winning RBI in the 11th to round out Toronto’s scoring in the winning effort. Rowdy Tellez had a double while Randal Grichuk, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Billy McKinney and Freddy Galvis each had a base hit as well in the victory for the Jays. Trent Thornton went five innings, allowing one run on two hits while walking five and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Elvisu Luciano got the win to improve to 1-0 this season. Clay Buchholz will start game one and is 0-1 with a 4.60 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. In his career, Buchholz is 8-5 with a 4.37 ERA and 60 strikeouts against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to keep the momentum going after winning their series with the Royals, taking the series finale by a final score of 7-3 on Sunday. Justin Bour led the Angels by going 1 for 4 with three RBIs while Albert Pujols went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Andrelton Simmons and Tommy La Stella each had an RBI to round out the Angels’ scoring in the win, with Simmons going 2 for 4 at the dish. Mike Trout also went 2 for 4 while Brian Goodwin and David Fletcher each had base hits as well in the victory. Matt Harvey got the win to improve to 1-2 on the year after allowing just one run on two hits while walking three and striking out five over seven innings of work. Griffin Canning will make his major league debut in game one and was 1-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 17 strikeouts in three starts for Salt Lake (AAA) this season.

Toronto is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 road games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games against the AL West. Los Angeles is 4-10 in their last 14 games overall and 2-6 in their last 8 home games while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games against the AL East.

Canning was good so far in AAA, but a rule of thumb is usually not to bet on guys making their major league debuts part way through the season. And I have a hard time betting on guys making their major league debuts period. Toronto has had their ups and downs, but the Blue Jays are finally back at .500 and are playing some of their best ball of the young season over the last couple of weeks. I just think that laying juice with a pitcher making his major league debut isn’t a good idea so I’ll take Toronto and the plus money on Tuesday.

Toronto Blue Jays +105

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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