The Los Angeles Angels will look to make it three in a row against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night in Dunedin. With the Blue Jays still prevented from playing at home in Toronto, and Sahlen Field in Buffalo being renovated, they are opening up the season in Florida. It’s not an ideal situation, but better than nothing for the Blue Jays.
The Rogers Centre has been empty in Toronto for what feels like forever now. Hopefully this is the final year of this and the Blue Jays can return to some normalcy next season with a place they can call home. The Blue Jays have looked lost at the controls recently. They will attempt to end a four-game losing skid on Saturday night.
The Blue Jays have two losses against the Texas Rangers, 7-4 and 2-1, and then dropped the first two games of this four-game series against the Angels, 7-5 and 7-1. The Angels and Blue Jays went to the 11th inning on Thursday, with the Angels getting a couple of runs in the top half of the inning to clear the Jays for a 7-5 win. It wasn’t close on Friday, with the Angels burying the Blue Jays, 7-1.
Andrew Heaney had a productive game for the Angels, he was strong across 6 innings of work. Heaney allowed just 3 hits and no runs, as the Blue Jays’ offense was unable to get on track in that contest. There wasn’t a Jay that recorded a RBI, while T.J. Zeuch struggled with 6 hits and 3 earned runs allowed in 3.1 innings. The pressure will be on Steven Matz to help get the Blue Jays out of this hole.
I thought the Jays signing the former Met was a really smooth signing. They got him on the cheap after a rough 2020 with the Mets. In his final season in Queens, Matz posted an ERA of 9.68 and 1.70 WHIP through six starts and three outings out of the bullpen. He regressed over his last two years and the Mets decided his time was up in Queens.
Matz made a really brilliant start this season against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. It’s a bit premature to suggest that Matz is “back”, though. Matz will get the call against fellow veteran Jose Quintana. The former Cub struggled in his first start as an Angel. He hasn’t been a standout pitcher since 2016 with the White Sox, but has still been serviceable enough for a major league rotation. Head below for our free Angels vs. Blue Jays pick on April 10, 2021.
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Steven Matz faces a much bigger challenge on Saturday night after an impressive debut. Matz was able to keep the Rangers in check, but the Angels are going to be a different offense to tame. The Angels’ offense is playing how it should. With the talent in their lineup, they’ve been performing below expectations over the last few years.
Mike Trout has done his job admirably, but there has been far too many inconsistent holes for the Angels. At least so far, the Angels have been receiving production throughout their lineup. They are fifth in the majors with an average of 5.88 runs scored per game. In six of their last seven outings, the Angels have scored at least 5 runs, and at least 7 runs in four of their last five.
Matz allowed 2 hits and 1 earned runs against the Rangers through 6.1 innings on the hill. He also struck out 9 batters for a debut with the Blue Jays that couldn’t have been much better. My problem with Matz is that we haven’t seen him like that consistently in his career. Matz has posted an ERA of 4.21 and 9.68 the last two years. He hasn’t finished with an ERA below 4.00 since a 3.97 in 2018.
With how the Angels are swinging the bats, I could see Matz dealing with some regression on Saturday night. It’s hard to see Matz making it back-to-back starts like he had against the Rangers. The Blue Jays can still win this game if Matz isn’t on his game, though. Jose Quintana has finished with an ERA above the 4.00 mark the last four years, and didn’t show much confidence in his first start of the season against the Astros.
Quintana allowed 5 hits and 4 earned runs through 3.1 innings in his debut with the Angels. He left the game with a 10.80 ERA and 2.40 WHIP. In his final two seasons with the Cubs, Quintana was regressing with a 4.68 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 2019, and a 4.50 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in the shortened campaign a season ago. The Blue Jays are hitting .278 against Quintana through 27 at-bats. I don’t like either hurler in this contest, with the OVER worth a look.