J.A. Happ (17-3, 3.05 ERA) and Jered Weaver (8-11, 5.47 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (71-55) and the Los Angeles Angels (53-73) at the Rogers Centre. The Angels won the last game 8-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on FSW and RSN.
Happ pitched 7.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 7-4 win over the Yankees. Edwin Encarnacion (.271, 78 Rs, 35 HRs, 101 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3. Weaver went 4.2 innings, surrendering five runs and striking out two in a 7-0 defeat to the Yankees in his most recent start. Mike Trout (.312, 96 Rs, 24 HRs, 78 RBIs, 21 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Angels, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Toronto, a substantial -235 favorite, takes on Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at nine runs for this matchup. The Blue Jays have recorded an overall money line of +41 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 57-36. The Blue Jays have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the AL in offense with 4.8 runs per game. Toronto leads the whole AL in walks, earning an average of 3.7 per game. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Blue Jays. The 4.1 runs that Toronto's pitchers allow per game makes them the top staff in the AL. The Blue Jays are the fourth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.222 so far this season.
In the other locker room, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of -2,011 and a disappointing record of 27-49 as the underdog. Los Angeles is excellent at making contact with an AL-low 6.0 per game.
The Blue Jays have a 53-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Weaver takes the mound. Happ (LHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 16-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
Los Angeles has won 41% (22-32) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Toronto has won 51% (26-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 19-18 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 43-11. The Blue Jays have a 57-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 560 this season. Toronto ranks seventh with 605 runs.
Ranking 17th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 370 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 470.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 63-32. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 38-40 record.