By SBG Global
10:05 pm Eastern
Opening Line: Angels -160, Total 9.5 Under (-120)
The Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels open up a four game series on Thursday in Anaheim. The Blue Jays go with rookie Jesse Litsch who is 4-6 with an ERA of 3.49 while the Angels counter with Ervin Santana who is 5-11 and has an ERA of 5.96. SBG Global reports that early betting has the public taking the favored Angels at home.
Litsch gave up five runs but only two earned runs on six hits over six innings in his last start. He has been good since his recall in June with an ERA of 2.37 but has had no support and is just 3-4. Litsch has an ERA of 2.55 ERA on the road this year. Santana was superb in his last start against Boston going 6 1/3 innings giving up just one run on four hits. He walked none and struck out five. Santana is 4-2 in eight home starts with a 3.42 ERA. He's 1-1 with a 5.94 ERA in three career appearances against the Blue Jays.
The Angels are pounding the ball of late and one the main contributors has been Casey Kotchman. After a .270 July dropped his average to .298 from a high of .333 on June 16, Kotchman is back to .305 with a .339 average this month including a .484 slugging percentage. "The good thing is," Kotchman said, "it shows I'm getting good swings. I've been feeling pretty good up there." Another player that is red hot for the Angels is Chone Figgins. It has been Figgins setting the table for the big bats. Figgins is fourth in the A.L. in batting at .336 and has a better approach at the plate. "That's something I've done this year, as opposed to in the past," said Figgins. "Before, I'd hit a couple of line drives at guys for outs, and I'd start changing things, trying to find base hits. Now, I stick with my approach even when I'm hitting in bad luck, and as a result, I'm finding more holes. You can't guide the ball. All you can do is hit it hard. And most important of all, you can't lose confidence in your approach.”
5Dimes Current Line: Angels -150, Total 9.5 Under (-120)
The Angels may be getting Bartolo Colon back soon. He went on the DL on July 24th but threw a simulated game Tuesday and is getting closer to a rehab start. "I thought his mechanics were much better than when he left the mound [on July 23]," manager Mike Scioscia said. "His arm stroke is nice, his extension is nice. This is a solid first step." Our goal is to get Bart healthy and see where we are," Scioscia said. "When he came back at the start of the season [after last year's rotator cuff tear], he was lights-out his first five or six starts. We're going to talk to Bart about some things."
Colon is 6-6 with a 6.72 this season in 16 starts this season.
Toronto is coming off a bad series against Oakland where they were totally shutdown by the A’s. "We ran into some pretty tough pitching," Jays catcher Gregg Zaun said. "They had a game plan, and obviously it worked. They kept the bats in check for most of the day and all throughout the series. We just weren't able to get the hit when we needed it." Before the Oakland series, Toronto was a season-high three games over .500, and seven games back in the American League Wild Card race. They now find themselves back at .500, and not really a part of the playoff race. 14 of the next 17 for Toronto are on the road.
The Blue Jays are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record. The
Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Blue Jays are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Blue Jays are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games. The Blue Jays are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. the American League West. The Blue Jays are 3-8 in Litsch's last 11 starts. The Blue Jays are 15-6 in the last 21 meetings between the two teams.
The Angels are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the American League East. The Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Angels are 24-7 in Santana's last 31 home starts. The Angels are 2-5 in Santana's last 7 Thursday starts.
The Under is 13-3 in the Blue Jays last 16 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 28-8 in the Blue Jays last 36 overall. The Under is 20-7 in the Blue Jays last 27 road games. The Under is 5-2 in the Blue Jays last 7 vs. the American League West. The Under is 4-0 in Litsch's last 4 starts overall. The Under is 6-0 in Litsch's last 6 road starts.
The Over is 5-1 in the Angels last 6 vs. the American League East. The Over is 5-1 in the Angels last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 5-1 in the Angels last 6 overall. The Over is 9-3 in the Angels last 12 home games. The Over is 8-3-1 in the Angels last 12 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 12-5 in the Angels last 17 Thursday games. The Over is 6-0 in Santana's last 6 starts overall. The Over is 5-1-1 in Santana's last 7 starts vs. the American League East. The Under is 7-3 in Santana's last 10 home starts. The Under is 13-3-2 in the last 18 meetings in Los Angeles between the two teams.