LA vs Toronto Pick
MLB Baseball betting action sees the Los Angeles Angels taking on the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday May 19th at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. Cappers Picks provides free MLB Baseball handicapping tips all season long.
Los Angeles vs. Toronto
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 19 2015, 7:07 pm EST
Venue: Rogers Centre, Toronto ON
Los Angeles EVEN, Toronto -120
Odds from Bovada
Pitching Match-up: Hector Santiago (2-2, 2.41 ERA) vs. Aaron Sanchez (3-3, 4.26 ERA)
The Jays (18-22) snapped a five-game losing streak with yesterday’s win over the visitors from Orange County, but it will take consistent pitching for Toronto to really be a factor in the AL East division.
There were some choice words between the dugouts yesterday, namely between Jays 3B Josh Donaldson and Angels’ pitching coach Mike Butcher, en route to Toronto’s 10-6 victory on the Victoria Day holiday in Canada.
Here’s to hoping that spice carries over to an offense-heavy, compelling series.
The Angels (19-19) are also struggling to find their feet, as they aim to put the Josh Hamilton debacle behind them.
Ultimately, the Angels are a strong ballclub, and will improve when last year’s dominant pitcher Garrett Richards returns from injury.
The Anaheim-dwelling Angels (just don’t tell the marketing department) also have players that can mash, namely in the outfield – CF Mike Trout is the best in the business and RF Kole Calhoun has forearms like Andre the Giant – and of course, veteran 1B Albert Pujols.
Hector Santiago takes the mound Tuesday night for the Halos, and he’s had a strong campaign to date, with a wispy 2.41 ERA.
The same can’t be said for the home team hurlers. Blue Jays pitching has been disastrous in 2015 and is the main reason why Toronto is off to a poor start.
The Jays have among the best offenses in baseball, with lethal sluggers up and down the lineup – especially when rookies/former farm team guys like OF Kevin Pillar, 2B Devon Travis and OF Chris Colabello are playing over their heads.
But a team can score all the runs in the world and if they cannot prevent them, it will eventually come back to bite them in the rear end. All of the Jays’ starters – veterans R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison and rookies Daniel Norris and tonight’s starter Aaron Sanchez – have been inconsistent and best and terrible at worst.
It has seemed like opponents can just decide “OK, this is the inning we feel like pulling ahead” and do so accordingly.
Until that gets rectified, there will be no postseason baseball north of the border.
If Sanchez can string together a steady performance, the Jays definitely have the bats to drive Santiago from the game in the homer-happy Rogers Centre, and get into the Angel bullpen.
Free 4* MLB Pick: Toronto 8, Los Angeles 4
The offense was looking strong yesterday and seemed buoyed by the Donaldson testosterone-fest, so, despite the pitching woes, expect the home team to keep the bats going on Tuesday night.
Take the OVER
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