The Los Angeles Angels will face the Toronto Blue Jays on July 28th, 2023. This is a game that is a difficult one for Los Angeles. They played a double-header yesterday, winning two games in Detroit. Squeezing three games into a two-day period where travel is involved, including a border crossing, isn’t the easiest thing to do. LA is clearly at a difficult time in its schedule, which has to be considered in an Angels vs Jays prediction for July 28th.
But Los Angeles has won nine of their last eleven games. They remain an outside factor in the AL West. Most would say that they are very much alive in the Wild Card picture with 59 games to go.
That’s especially the case since the franchise just committed to Shohei Ohtani and, evidently, winning this season. Currently, the LA Angels have odds of 5 to 1 to make the 2023 Major League Baseball playoffs with bet365. These are odds that are actually shortening as they were longer than 6 to 1 just 24 hours ago.
If LA is to make an improbable run to the postseason, then one of the roads is through Toronto. The Blue Jays have a grip on one of the three American League Wild Cards for the moment.
Angels vs Jays: Starting Pitchers
Despite LA’s momentum, the game at hand is a cloudy one. As stated, they are playing a condensed schedule right now with international travel involved. But also, they will be starting Lucas Giolito. He is an effective Major League pitcher but he was just traded to the Angels earlier this week. He will be in a new defensive system with a new catcher. It will be interesting to see what transpires.
Complicating LA’s push to stay hot is the fact that the Blue Jays are sending Kevin Gausman to the mound. He is among the strikeout leaders in the Major Leagues. Another complication is that Shohei Ohtani was listed as day-to-day on Thursday night (cramping). However, he is expected to serve as the DH in Toronto, Sam Blum of The Athletic reported.
Angels vs Jays Prediction
Most perspectives would point to the Jays winning. However, in this cloudy game, bettors should go for the OVER/UNDER. With two very good pitchers taking to the mound and with the best offensive player carrying a minor injury at the precise moment, take the UNDER for total runs. It is set at -8.5 and odds of -110 with bet365 sportsbook. Game time is at 7:07 PM ET/4:07 PM PT.
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