Los Angeles Angels @ Toronto Blue Jays May 20th

I’m officially back with my picks of the Toronto Blue Jays’ games. Tonight the Toronto Blue Jays host the Los Angeles Angels in game 3 of their 4 game series.

 Los Angeles Angels  (20-19) @ Toronto Blue Jays (18-23)

The Toronto Blue Jays were defeated 3-2 versus Los Angeles yesterday evening. In the first 2 games of their current 4 game series the Blue Jays have outscored the Angels 12-9. Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez was pegged with the loss. He threw 7.1 innings and gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 5 while throwing 106 pitches. He is now 3-4 on the season. Relievers Roberto Osuna and Liam Hendriks combined to throw 1.2 innings and gave up no earned runs and no hits. 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson was 1 for 3 with a home run and 2 rbi’s. The home run was his 9th of the season and he now has 28 rbis. He upped his batting average to .316. Catcher Russell Martin was 2 of 4. He upped his batting average to .318. Left-fielder Danny Valencia was 1 for 3. The Blue Jays had 4 hits in the game. Tonight their starting pitcher is right-handed Drew Hutchison. Hutchison is 3-0 with a 6.17 era and 38 strikeouts in 42.1 innings pitched this season. He’s made 8 starts this season. His last start was on May 14th at Houston, a no-decision, as he pitched 6 innings while giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits. This is his 3rd season in MLB, all 3 with the Blue Jays. He has a career record of 19-16 with an era of 4.76. The Los Angeles Angels were down 2-1 heading to top of 7th but they rallied to score 1 in the top half of the 7th and 1 in the top of 8th. Angels starting pitcher Hector Santiago notched the win. He pitched 7 innings and gave up 1 earned run on 4 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 5 while throwing 103 pitches. He is now 3-2 on the season. Reliever Joe Smith pitched 1 inning and gave up no hits and no run. He only threw 6 pitches. Closer Huston Street came in for the save as he pitched 1 inning while allowing no hits and no runs. It was his 13th save of the season. Right-fielder Kole Calhoun was 1 for 3 with 1 home run and 1 run batted in. He also scored 2 runs and walked once. It was his 4th home run of the season and his 19th rbi. He is now batting .299 on the season. Shortstop Erick Aybar was 2 for 4 with a 1 run scored. His batting average is now .279. Catcher Chris Iannetta was 2 for 4 with 1 run batted in. The rbi was his 6th of the season. His batting average is now .173. Center-fielder Mike Trout was 1 for 4. He is now batting .280. The Angels had 6 hits in the game. They had 1 error, a throwing error by Erick Aybar. It was his 5th error of the season. Tonight their starting pitcher is right-handed Jered Weaver. Weaver is 2-4 with a 4.44 era and 24 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched this season. After going 0-4 in his first 6 starts he’s won his last 2 games. His last start was May 15th as he pitched 7.1 innings while giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits. In his last 2 starts he’s given up 1 earned run on 9 hits. This is his 10th season in MLB, all 10 with the Angels. He has a 133-73 career record with a 3.32 era.

Toronto is 10-8 at home this season. They have scored 212 runs and allowed 199 runs on the season. Los Angeles is 10-10 on the road this season. They have scored 143 runs and allowed 141 runs on the season.

The Blue Jays and Angels are 1-1 in their 2 meetings this season.

Prediction: I’m going with the Blue Jays because Hutchison is pitching, for whatever reason the team seems to score a lot of runs behind his starts. They have scored 7 or more runs in 6 of his 8 starts.

Take the Blue Jays 1.90 (Bet365)

May 20, 2015 by : Posted in Baseball No Comments
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