Hector Santiago (2-2, 2.41 ERA) takes the hill for the Los Angeles Angels (19-19) as they square off against Aaron Sanchez (3-3, 4.26 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (18-22) in the second of a four-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 10-6 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 19 and can be seen on FSN-W and RSN.
Sanchez pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out one and walking four in a 6-1 defeat to the Orioles. Russell Martin (.298, 24 Rs, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. Santiago is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA against the Blue Jays in his career. He is up against a quality Toronto offense that's batting .262. Kole Calhoun (.299, 15 Rs, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Toronto is a -133 favorite against Los Angeles and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. Though the Blue Jays have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-603), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 10-6. The Blue Jays are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 135. Toronto's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 6.2 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Blue Jays are the third-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.6 hits per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Los Angeles has a 6-7 record and an overall money line of -104. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 7-3 SU record over the same span. The Angels allow 3.5 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.1 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Angels are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.17 for the season.
The Blue Jays have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Blue Jays have a 5-2 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Santiago takes the mound. Sanchez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 12-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Under
Toronto and Los Angeles have both won 56% (9-7) of their games when they lead after 7 innings.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Angels have a 4-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 2-17. The Angels have a 5-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 18th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 33 this season. Toronto ranks sixth with 44 home runs.
Ranking 15th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.54 per game. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.54.
Ranking 29th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.647). Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .763.
The Angels are 8-16 when they allow at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 10-17 record.