Toronto Blue Jays (34-41) at Los Angeles Angels (41-35)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 23, 2018, 9:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -145 / Toronto Blue Jays +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels meet Saturday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Blue Jays have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Yangervis Solarte leads the Blue Jays with 72 hits and 44 RBI while Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez have combined for 130 hits and 60 RBI. Marcus Stroman gets the ball, and he is 0-5 with a 7.71 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Stroman is 1-1 with a 5.31 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Angels have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Angels have split their last 14 games when scoring at least two runs. Mike Trout leads the Angels with 86 hits and 48 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Albert Pujols have combined for 144 hits and 76 RBI. Jaime Barria gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Barria’s first career game against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 2-8 in their last 10 Saturday games, 1-4 in Stromans last 5 road starts and 0-4 in Stromans last 4 starts. The Angels are 6-1 in their last 7 home games, 3-8 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series and 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games. The Blue Jays are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.
Stroman went from being the Blue Jays ace and a big game pitcher to allowing almost a run per inning this season and a .299 batting average. On the road this season, Stroman has a 6.95 ERA with an allowed batting average of .289. There's no backing this guy in his current form. The Los Angeles Angels should find a way to get the job done here.