MLB Baseball Vegas Online Sports Betting & Free Picks Thursday June 21st, 2018
Toronto Heads West to Start Four-Game Series with LA Angels
The Toronto Blue Jays have had a good few days after a rough few weeks. They have currently won four of their past five games, sweeping Washington over the weekend and then splitting a two-game series with Atlanta. Couple that with four straight wins over Baltimore two weekends ago and the team is now 8-4 in its last 12 games.
The one caveat is that only three of those games were on the road and they lost them all, getting swept by Tampa Bay last week.
Over these past 12 games they’ve averaged 4.75 RPG and have allowed an average of 4.17 RPG over that stretch.
They are currently in lock step with Tampa Bay in the AL East and 15.5 games off the pace for the race atop the division.
The Los Angels Angels have hit a wall in the past 11 days or so. They are just 2-7 in their last nine games and that’s now put them well back of Seattle and Houston in the race for the AL West.
Those losses coincide with the reality of losing their superstar rookie Shohei Ohtani. But that injury is really just the top of the iceberg as he’s one of nine players who’s been put on the disabled list in June. Seven of those players are pitchers.
Among their recent stretch, they were swept by Seattle, lost two of three to Oakland and then most recently split a two-game series with Arizona. They went 1-5 on the road before returning home to face the Diamondbacks.
They are averaging 4.67 RPG and allowing an average of 5.89 RPG.
Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.35 ERA) has had three straight quality starts allowing three runs or less in each with at least six innings pitched in each. He’s looking a lot more like the player who was the Blue Jays ace two years ago as opposed to the one who missed most of last year and then has struggled to get his game back this year. The Blue Jays have won each of those starts after losing five of the previous seven.
Tyler Skaggs (6-4, 2.81 ERA) is 8th in the AL with his 2.81 ERA. He’s been solid all season long and has allowed two runs or less in eight of his last ten starts and three runs in one of the others. Last time out he allowed two runs (none earned) in seven innings of work in an 8-4 win over Oakland.
The LA Angels are -153 favorites and Toronto +143 underdogs. Even though Toronto is playing better of late, they haven’t shown it on the road and it’s always challenging for an East coast team to head west. The Pick: Angels 4-3.