Los Angeles (Skaggs) -118 at Toronto (Sanchez) O/U 9
Recommendation: Los Angeles
Tyler Skaggs has been solid entering this contest with a 2.88 ERA. He’s surrendered only five runs in his last 17.1 innings of work. Skaggs has a sparkling 1.14 ERA on the road allowing three runs in 23.2 innings of work and the Angels are 3-1 in his four road starts. His control has improved and now he gets to face a Blue Jays lineup that has been inept against lefty pitching as Toronto is hitting a collective .226 against southpaws. On the flip side, Aaron Sanchez for Toronto has struggled to the tune of a 5.68 ERA in his last three starts and a 5.06 ERA in five home starts. His command has been off issuing an average of over five walks per 9 innings on the season and Toronto is only 3-6 this season in Sanchez’s nine starts driving up his pitch countand forcing a mediocre Jays bullpen into action earlier in the games he starts. The Angels are a phenomenal 14-5 on the road this season while the Blue Jays are currently in the midst of a nasty 2-7 losing skid in their last 9 games sending them below .500 for the first time this season. Toronto did get themselves in the win column last night in the series opener against the LA Angels but they got five early runs in the first inning and nothing after that. It’s surely worth noting four of the Blue Jays runs they scored in the inning were unearned and caused by a terrible error made in right field by Chris Young which is not necessarily a sign of an offensive breakout for a Blue Jays squad that had been struggling at the plate prior to last night. I look at this spot and pitching matchup as one that favors LA making the Angels worthy of betting support in this game as short road chalk.