Tuesday brings 16 games around the Major League Baseball, as we’ll see a seven-inning doubleheader at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, so here’s the best Angels vs. Blue Jays betting pick for the opening clash with the first pitch at 7:07 PM ET.
The Los Angeles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays meet for the second time this season. Back in April, the Angels won a three-game road set, 2-1, but that one loss was a 15-1 humiliation. The Blue Jays are -149 moneyline favorites for Tuesday’s opener, while the Angels are +138 dogs with a total of 7.5 runs on MyBookie Sportsbook.
The Angels start a seven-game homestand
The Los Angeles Angels are officially a visiting team in this game because it’s a makeup from April 11. They’ve just wrapped up a seven-game road trip with an 8-2 defeat at the Los Angeles Dodgers and will play their next seven games in front of the home fans.
The Angels have won nine of their last 16 games overall, but they are still far away from the playoffs, trailing ten games behind the AL West-leading Houston Astros, and eight games behind the bottom wild card in the American League.
Over their last 14 outings, the Halos have scored just 49 runs while smacking only 11 round-trippers and 19 doubles. On the other side of the ball, they’ve recorded a decent 3.77 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a .237 batting average against.
Chris Rodriguez will take the hill Tuesday in the opener, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in one start and 13 relief appearances in 2021. The 23-year-old right-handed rookie got his first start last week and took a loss in a 4-1 defeat at Texas. He yielded four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks while punching out seven.
The surging Blue Jays aim for another win
The Toronto Blue Jays improved to 60-50 on the season following a 9-8 victory to the Boston Red Sox this past Sunday. George Springer slugged a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to help his team grab its sixth win in the last seven outings overall.
Springer now has 15 hits, five dingers, and 15 RBI across his last 40 at-bats. The Blue Jays continue to hit very well, slashing .272/.333/.472 over their previous 15 games and scoring 80 runs in the process.
In the last two weeks, Toronto has registered the second-lowest ERA in baseball (2.83). Steven Matz will take the mound in the opening clash of Tuesday’s doubleheader, and the 30-year-old southpaw is 9-6 with a 4.30 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 19 starts this season.
Matz has been inconsistent for most of the season, but his last weeks’ performance against Cleveland was a top-notch one, as he fanned eight across six scoreless frames in an 8-6 victory to the Indians.
- 2-4 in the last six outings as underdogs
- 9-2 in the last 11 games overall
- 15-5 in the last 20 showings as favorites
Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
The Blue Jays should win this one on the back of their offense. The Angels’ pitching staff has improved a lot in the second half of the season, but this is a very tough matchup against one of the best offensive teams in the majors.
Toronto has been terrific over the last two weeks. The Blue Jays are three games out of the playoff picture and desperately need to stay on the winning path, so I’m expecting another strong offensive performance. The Angels will send a rookie to the mound, and I don’t think they have enough firepower to deal with the Blue Jays’ loaded lineup.
Pick: Take Toronto Blue Jays at -149
Remember this is a seven-inning clash, so the totals are a tricky wager. I’m backing the over, looking for the visitors to hit well and hard against Chris Rodriguez and the Angels bullpen that has recorded a solid 3.14 ERA over the last couple of weeks.
Also, I don’t trust Steven Matz a lot, and he could easily give up a couple of runs early in the game. Matz has a 4.39 ERA and .297 batting average against in his last six starts.
Pick: Go over 7.5 runs at -105