C.J. Wilson (2-2, 2.62 ERA) takes the hill for the Los Angeles Angels (19-18) as they square off against Aaron Sanchez (3-3, 4.26 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (17-22) in the first of a four-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays come into this series in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 1:07 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 18 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 (.284, 23 Rs, 7 HRs, 21 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Wilson is 3-4 with a 4.19 ERA against the Blue Jays in his career. He takes on a good Toronto offense that's batting .256. Kole Calhoun (.302, 14 Rs, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Toronto is a slim -111 favorite at home against Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at nine runs for this matchup. Though the Blue Jays have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-503), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 10-6. Toronto is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Blue Jays are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 129. Toronto's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 6.2 per game. As for the pitchers, 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 +18. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have an 8-2 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 2.2 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 1.13 for the season.
The Blue Jays have a 5-2 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Wilson takes the mound. Sanchez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 12-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Under
Toronto has won 53% (8-7) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 60% (9-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 9-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 2-17. The Angels have a 5-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 20th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 30 this season. Toronto ranks seventh with 43 home runs.
Ranking 15th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.58 per game. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.55.
Ranking 30th, Los Angeles is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.637). Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .751.
The Angels are 8-15 when they allow at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 9-17 record.