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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels - 6/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays
Date & Time Tuesday June 18, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
Over: 9.5 (+100) / Under: 9.5 (-120)
TV Channel
RSN, FS-West
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The Los Angeles Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Rogers Centre on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to build on their series opening 10-5 win over Toronto on Monday. Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani each had a home run, a double and three RBIs with Trout going 4 for 5 at the dish. Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun each had a solo home run with Calhoun adding a double as well while Justin Bour had a double and an RBI and Wilfredo Tovar added an RBI as well in the winning effort. Felix Pena got the win in relief to improve to 5-1 on the year after allowing four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out five over six innings of work. Tyler Skaggs will start game two and is 5-6 with a 5.00 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. In his career, Skaggs is 3-2 with a 3.93 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to bounce back after dropping the series opener on Monday. Cavan Biggio had a pair of home runs and three RBIs while Randal Grichuk added a homer of his own with two RBIs to finish off Toronto’s scoring in defeat. Eric Sogard and Freddy Galvis each had two hits as well to cap off the Blue Jays’ offense in the losing effort. Edwin Jackson took the loss, falling to 1-5 on the year after giving up seven runs on six hits while failing to make it through a single inning of work. Marcus Stroman will start game two and is 4-8 with a 3.18 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. In his career, Stroman is 1-2 with a 5.02 ERA and 22 strikeouts against the Angels.

Los Angeles is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 9-3 in their last 12 games against the AL East while the over is 9-3-1 in their last 13 games following a win. Toronto is 0-5 in their last 5 home games and 5-12 in Stroman’s last 17 starts while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games overall. Los Angeles is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.

You could honestly make a case for either side here, as the Angels are the better team, but Stroman has been arguably Toronto’s best starter up to this point and could use a strong start to build some confidence and increase his value as trade bait for the Jays. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. Stroman hasn’t had the best luck and gave up six runs over 5.2 innings in his last start at home while Skaggs has struggled on the road with an ERA above six away from home this season. I think both teams are capable enough offensively to push this one above the total, so give me the over in this spot.

Pick:
Over: 9.5 (+100)

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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