In the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (63-60) and the Toronto Blue Jays (68-55) at Angel Stadium, Garrett Richards (12-9, 3.50 ERA) and R.A. Dickey (7-10, 4.14 ERA) get the ball. The Blue Jays won the last game 15-3 and Toronto leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 3:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will air on RSN and FSW.
In his most recent outing, Richards pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs (one unearned) and striking out four in a 5-3 victory over the White Sox. Albert Pujols (.252, 67 Rs, 33 HRs, 70 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. The Blue Jays were unsuccessful to the Phillies 8-5 the last time Dickey pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out two and walking two. Josh Donaldson (.301, 93 Rs, 34 HRs, 100 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Blue Jays, going 4 for 5 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and six RBIs.
Los Angeles is favored by a small -110 margin in its matchup against Toronto. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Angels perform well as a favorite with a 46-28 record, but haven't fared as well with the overall money line (-241). Los Angeles has averaged 2.9 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.0. The Angels are a dangerous hitting team with 326 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking fifth in the AL with an average of only 7.2 strikeouts per game.
On the other side, the Blue Jays have a subpar record of 18-28 when they are the underdog, but are +261 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, they were unbeaten as the underdog with a perfect 1-0 record and 7-3 SU. Toronto is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 165 home runs. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the Toronto pitchers. They've allowed 3.0 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 4.1.
The Blue Jays have gotten the better of the Angels in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-2. The Angels will take on a right-hander (Dickey) in this game and have a 45-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Richards will take the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 51-43 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Blue Jays won by a margin of 12 runs. The Angels are 4-2 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Blue Jays have a 2-0 record in blowouts.
Toronto has won 59% (32-22) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 63% (31-18) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 4-6 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 11-44. The Angels have a 14-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 of the league at eighth when it comes to home runs, hitting 134 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 165.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.17 per game. Toronto ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.74.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Toronto has an OPS of .777 this season. Los Angeles ranks 23rd with an OPS of .697.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 39-40. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 31-49 record.