MLB Play of the Day for Thursday April, 8: Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Angels offense will thrive against Toronto
The Los Angeles Angels are on the road to face the Toronto Blue Jays in a battle of two playoff hopeful teams.
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Los Angeles Angels (+100, 10) vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7:00 PM EST
The Blue Jays were set to be a high powered offense in 2021, but have stumbled out of the gate, scoring just 20 runs through six games and hitting .219 as a team.
Toronto is a young ball club, but plate discipline can help get runners in scoring position, especially as they still look for their bats to get going. The Blue Jays are 28th in walk rate this season.
The Angels meanwhile have been cooking on offense early. A loaded lineup with Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani has shown what it can do already, placing seventh in slugging percentage and 13th in on base percentage.
Joe Maddon’s team is getting on base and also crushing the ball. The team has 33 runs to their name through six games and nine home runs.
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The Angels should be able to get to Blue Jays pitcher Ross Stripling, who struggled in his first start. He didn’t get out of the third inning against the Yankees, allowing seven hits and three earned runs.
LA has a good history against Stripling on an admittedly small sample, registering 10 hits in 33 at bats against the righty.
We can expect the Angels to produce runs in this matchup, but how reliable is Angels’ starter Griffin Canning? The right hander is making his 2021 debut after a shaky Spring Training. He allowed 11 earned runs in over 14 innings this spring.
The BetQL Model is backing the Angels explosive offense with a ⭐⭐⭐ play on the Halos.
LA had the day off on Wednesday and should have their full bullpen available if Canning struggles.
While the Blue Jays only needed to use two relievers in a Wednesday victory over the Rangers, they haven’t had an off day since last Friday, and fatigue could be settling in on both sides, especially as the offense sputters.
Pick: Angels +100