Blue Jays vs. Angels MLB Pick – May 1st

The LA Angels got a late inning solo shot in the 8th to put away the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Brian Goodwin sent his 4th home run of the year over the fence, as it was the deciding factor in a 4-3 win for the Angels. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays and awarded Vlad Jr. the first L of his major league career.

He enjoyed a perfect weekend as the Jays swept the Oakland Athletics in three games. That isn’t going to be the norm playing on a bad team, though. He will see a lot more losses as a member of the Blue Jays in 2019, which is to be expected.

This is a team that is still in a rebuilding cycle, so it’s tough to see more than a .500 record. Vlad Jr. figures to play a significant role when they start to become a better team, though. He’s the centerpiece and management must find a way to surround him with talent.

This was a special moment for Guerrero as he was able to play in his dads’ old ballpark in Anaheim for the first time in his career. We’re waiting for him to connect on the first long ball of his career. It’s a baseball that could be worth a few bucks down the road, so I’d be looking out in the outfield seats. He is still looking for his first RBI in the major leagues as well. In any event, Vlad Jr. makes watching the Blue Jays a little more exciting, as everyone awaits his first home run.

Felix Pena hopes it isn’t going to come against him. Pena will be getting the nod for the Angels this evening, as he looks to direct his team to their third win in four games. It’s been a slow start for the Angels, as they go into May with a record of 12-17. The Jays will counter with Marcus Stroman who has been on fire. If they want to go the trade route, they have a pretty fine chip at the bargaining table with Stroman. He will look to get the Blue Jays back over .500 with a win tonight. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Angels pick.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. L.A. Angels Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Angels -113/Blue Jays -107
  • O/U: 8.5

Pitching Matchup:

  • Marcus Stroman (1-3, 1.43 ERA)
  • Felix Pena (0-1, 3.63 ERA)

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The Angels are going to have to find a way to cool Stroman down if they want another win on Wednesday night. A solid pitching effort didn’t help the Blue Jays last night, but Stroman has been better than solid to open 2019. After a difficult season where he couldn’t get through a full schedule without getting injured, Stroman has returned with a vengeance. Following a healthy season and 3.09 ERA, he followed it up with an ERA of 5.54 in 19 outings. We’re seeing what he can do what he’s healthy now, though.

Stroman hits the bump for what is already his seventh start of the season. It’s hard to believe that we’re already that deep into the season. It feels like it just started a few days ago. Stroman has used every opportunity to try and wash the memory of last season away. He goes into Anaheim with an ERA of 1.43 and 1.09 WHIP. Though his record tells a story of run support neglect. His offense hasn’t helped him out any, with just 2.5 runs scored in his favor per game. With the way he has been throwing the ball, an average offensive output would work fine.

In Stroman’s previous three outings, he’s been nearly perfect with a 0.47 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. During that stretch, which includes 19 innings, Stroman has surrendered only 1 run. I think they’re going to need another stellar outing from him here. Felix Pena hasn’t been as dominant, but he’s been solid, especially at home. Pena has a 2.41 ERA and 1.02 WHIP at Angel Stadium. Four of his five starts this season have been at home thus far, with all four coming in a row. In those four games he allowed only 5 runs in total. I think the total in this matchup is a tad too high, so a play on the UNDER looks solid.

The Bet
UNDER 8.5
Kyle E / Author

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