Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.43 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (63-59) take on Marco Estrada (10-7, 3.20 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (67-55) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The Blue Jays won the last game 9-2 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 22 and can be seen on RSN, FSW and MLBN.
Heaney pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in a 2-1 defeat to the White Sox. Estrada went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking three in a 4-1 defeat to the Yankees in his most recent start. Josh Donaldson (.296, 90 Rs, 33 HRs, 94 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run and three RBIs.
The odds for Los Angeles and Toronto are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs. The Angels have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. The Angels are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 323. Los Angeles's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.2 per game.
The Blue Jays can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking second in the league with 163 home runs. The Blue Jays allow 4.1 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.8 runs per game during that span.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 3-2. The Angels have a 45-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Estrada takes the mound. Heaney (LHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 15-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
For the 13th time this season, the Angels registered at least two errors in a game.
The Angels managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are coming in with a 36-18 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 11-44. The Angels have a 14-42 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 of the league at eighth when it comes to home runs, hitting 132 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 163.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.19 per game. Toronto ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.72.
Toronto tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .772 this season. Los Angeles ranks near the bottom at 23rd with an OPS of .697.
The Blue Jays are 38-40 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Angels are 31-48 when they allow at least one homer.