LA Angels (Santana) -125 at Toronto (Villanueva) O/U 9.5
Recommendation: Los Angeles
Two more winners Thursday including our 20* Big Drive American League Underdog Game of the Month winner on the Tigers as they pounded out 15 hits to continue the Rays’ struggles in a 5-2 victory. You can review my full game written analysis
of the Tigers win in our recap section with full transparency. Along with our winner on the Diamondbacks, we extend our recent run to 14-4 including 9-1 on our top-play Big Drive selections. With over +12 units of profit this month and a majority of underdog side selections, we’ll continue to search for value and swing a big bat; urrr club with Big Bertha.
Tonight we fire right back with a 20* Big Drive play in National League action as Fairway’s faithful followers and clients reap the rewards of our recent run and profit throughout the month of June from our information and insight. Tonight’s Big Bertha Big Drive comes complete with even greater in-depth analysis and additional thoughts on betting value.
The recent struggles of the LA Dodgers and their fall from first place is one of many examples of teams that can go from hot to cold in a very short time. Tonight we make a case for the Los Angeles Angels in a match-up of two teams going opposite directions. Toronto (38-38) sits in last place in the NL East despite playing .500 ball. But the Blue Jays have lost three in a row including four of their last five games while allowing 9, 10, 5, 6 and 9 runs. Now they send reliever Carlos Villanueva to the mound to make his first start of the season. He’s forced into the rotation as three Blue Jays starters are on the shelf for an extended time. Villanueva will face a red-hot Angels lineup swinging some big sticks, and the Blue Jays bullpen has been taxed recently and also has the second-worst ERA in the American League. The Angels (43-33) have won four-straight games and over their last eight contests, LA has scored 5 or more runs seven times while averaging 7.6 runs and hitting .355 over that stretch.
The Angels have also won 14 of their last 15 road games and starter Ervin Santana is pitching his best of the season following a pair of home starts in which he threw 17 innings and allowed just 2 earned runs, 5 hits and struck out 15 (1 BB). His road ERA is a concern (5.79), but in early May he struck out 10 Blue Jays batters over 8 innings while allowing just 3 hits in a 4-0 Angels loss.
The Angels hitters can’t wait to get to the ballpark while the Blue Jays batters know they have to hit to support their poor pitching. The match-ups and form look favorable for another Angels win.
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