Los Angeles Angels vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 4/8/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Angels vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Location: TD Ballpark in Dunedin, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+102) Toronto (-112)
Ross Stripling and the Toronto Blue Jays (3-2, 3rd in AL East) play the Los Angeles Angels (4-2, 2nd in AL West) at TD Ballpark on Thursday. The Angels open this game at +102 while the Blue Jays are priced at -112. The over/under has been set at 10. The expected starting pitchers are Griffin Canning and Ross Stripling.
As a team, the Los Angeles Angels are putting up 5.5 runs per game, which ranks them 10th in the league. They have accounted for 33 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .332. The Angels have recorded 2 doubles as a team and have knocked 9 baseballs out of the park. They have accounted for 30 runs batted in as well as 50 hits on the season, and their batting average is .254. Los Angeles has a slugging % of .421 and have been called out on strikes 47 times, while drawing a walk on 22 occasions.
The Angels have a team ERA of 4.83 on the season (21st in the league), and they have struck out 67 batters. They have walked 23 opposing players and their FIP is 4.09 as a squad so far this year. Their K/BB ratio is 2.91 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.39. Angels pitchers have conceded 8 home runs and also 32 total runs (5th in the league).
The Angels bullpen have earned a save rate of 66.7% and has come into the game in 4 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 13 base runners this season and 30.8% of them earned a run for their team. Angels pitchers have entered the game with runners on base in 10 games in addition to 8 contests with high leverage. The Angels have sent 22 relief pitchers to the mound on the year. The bullpen have accumulated 1 hold this season (23rd in baseball). They have accumulated 2 saves this year and have not converted 1 of 3 chances to get a save.
Canning (7-9 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.35 and he has gone up against 622 batters during his time in the majors. He has given up 134 hits (8.2 hits per nine innings) and has 53 free passes. His earned run average is 4.36 (71 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.275. Canning has thrown 146 innings and is sitting with 152 strikeouts in his MLB career.
The Blue Jays have a slugging percentage of .361 and they tally 3.80 runs per game (22nd in baseball). They have notched 2 doubles, while taking a walk 12 times as well as putting up 19 runs. Toronto has tallied 8 home runs for the year and 16 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 46 occasions (21st in the league) and have recorded 34 hits. The Toronto Blue Jays have compiled an OBP of .279 and a batting average of .205 on the year.
The Blue Jays have a WHIP of 1.250 and have a FIP of 4.10 as a team over the course of the season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.88 (49 strikeouts vs 17 bases on balls). They come in at 15th in baseball as a staff in total hits relinquished with 38. They have relinquished 6 dingers and they concede 3.48 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league). The Toronto pitching staff have conceded 17 runs so far this year while having an ERA of 3.27 (16 earned runs yielded).
With 2 chances for a save, the Blue Jays have 2 holds and 0 blown saves. Toronto has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 5 save situations and they have come away with 2 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill in 11 games with high leverage and also 6 outings with runners on. Toronto relievers have an inherited score percentage of 38.0% of 8 inherited base runners. They have dispatched 21 relievers to the mound on the year.
So far in his pro baseball career, Stripling has surrendered 435 base knocks while tallying 422 K's in 439 innings. Stripling (23-28 career win-loss mark) has earned a 3.81 ERA and has allowed 8.9 hits per 9 innings. He has given up a total of 186 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.242 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.9. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.80 and he has faced 1,835 hitters during his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+102)
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