Drew Hutchison (3-0, 6.17 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (18-23) go up against Jered Weaver (2-4, 4.44 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (20-19) in the third of a four-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Angels won the last game 3-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 7:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 20 and will air on FSN-W and RSN.
Hutchison has a 6.52 ERA and a 0-2 record in his career against the Angels, but is up against a struggling Los Angeles offense that's hitting just .234 on the year. Russell Martin (.304, 24 Rs, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. In his pitching opportunities against the Blue Jays, Weaver is 9-2 with a 3.39 ERA. He meets a strong Toronto offense that's batting .259. Mike Trout (.280, 28 Rs, 10 HRs, 21 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Toronto is a -121 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Blue Jays perform well as a favorite with an 11-6 record, but haven't fared as well with the overall money line (-503). The Blue Jays are a dangerous hitting team with 136 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking third in the AL with an average of only 6.3 strikeouts per home game. As for the pitching staff, the Blue Jays don't give up many hits to opposing batters at the Rogers Centre, ranking fifth in the AL with only 7.8 hits allowed per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Angels come into this game with a win percentage of .429 when playing as the underdog (6-8) and an overall money line of -209. They have a WHIP of 1.16, fifth best in the MLB.
The Blue Jays will take on a right-hander (Weaver) in this game and have a 12-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Angels will be the right-hander Hutchison. They sport a 12-16 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Under
In their last game, the Angels won by a margin of one run. The Blue Jays are 2-7 in one-run games. The Angels have a 6-7 record in close games.
The Blue Jays are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Angels are 1-1 in such matchups.
The Angels are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 9-6 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 13-6. The Blue Jays have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 212 this season. Los Angeles ranks 27th with 143 runs.
Ranking 25th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 92 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fifth with 134.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 15-10. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 13-11 record.