Hector Santiago (7-6, 2.86 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (63-58) square off against David Price (11-4, 2.41 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (66-55) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 21 and can be seen on RSN and FSW.
Santiago pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 4-3 defeat to the Royals. Mike Trout (.297, 79 Rs, 33 HRs, 72 RBIs, 10 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one RBI. Price went 7.1 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out six in a 4-3 defeat to the Yankees in his most recent start.
Toronto takes on Los Angeles as a -138 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Angels have recorded an overall money line of -14 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 17-30. Los Angeles has gone winless (0-4) as the underdog and 4-6 SU in its last 10 outings. 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 4.1 runs per game. The Angels are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 320. Los Angeles's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.2 per game.
In the other locker room, Toronto is coming in with an overall money line of +161 and an impressive record of 48-27 as the favorite. The Blue Jays can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking second in the league with 162 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 Angels have an 18-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Price takes the mound. Santiago (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
Toronto recorded at least two errors for the 10th time this season.
The Angels are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 9-12 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 11-44. The Angels have a 14-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 of the league at eighth when it comes to home runs, hitting 131 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 162.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.19 per game. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.72.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Toronto has an OPS of .771 this season. Los Angeles ranks 22nd with an OPS of .698.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 37-40. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 31-47 record.