The Toronto Blue Jays will continue their west coast road trip as they open up a four game series against the LA Angels on Thursday night August 1st from Major League Baseball action. The Blue Jays and Angels will get things started from Anaheim Stadium at 10PM Eastern Time and you can watch all of the action on the MLB Extra Innings channel. Updated MLB odds are found at Bovada sportsbook.
The betting odds from this MLB American League affair have the home side LA Angels favored by -108 odds with the return on the road underdog Toronto Blue Jays returning -102 odds. The run total is lined at 8 ½ runs with over the total favored by -115 odds and under the total returning -105 odds. Those wagering the run line with the LA Angels and lay the -1 ½ runs will get back +170 odds. Bettors who take the +1 ½ run head start with the Toronto Blue Jays will have to lay -200 odds for their run line wager.
The pitching matchup scheduled for Thursday will feature Blue Jays right hander Josh Johnson as he will square off with Angels righty Garrett Richards. It has been a poor season in 2013 for Johnson as the Toronto hurler is 1-7 in his 14 starts with an ERA of 6.08 and WHIP of 1.57. Richards will make his sixth start of the season and is 2-4 with an ERA of 4.33 and WHIP of 1.29. Both pitchers are in poor form right now. Johnson over his past three starts is 0-3 and has allowed 19 earned runs with 21 hits in 13 2/3rd innings pitched. On the road Johnson is 0-4 with an ERA approaching eight runs in 24 2/3rd innings pitched. Richards has been demoted back into the bullpen after ineffectiveness in a starting role during the month of April. Richards three seasons in the big leagues have not been good. He carries and ERA of 5.79 in 2011 and in 2012 his ERA was approaching five runs. Both starting lineups can tee off against poor starting pitchers and on Thursday night expect the hitters to get some rips off both of these struggling hurlers. As much problems both of these teams have had Toronto is sixth in the MLB in runs scored per game and second best in the Majors in home runs. The Angels sit eighth in the league in runs per game and sixth best in team batting average.
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