Los Angeles Angels @ Toronto Blue Jays 7/29/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Los Angeles Angels (54-40) at Toronto Blue Jays (58-46)

Game Info: Saturday, July 29th, 2023 at  3:07 p.m. EST (Rogers Centre)

Betting Odds: Blue Jays (-130) - Over/Under (9.5)

Pick: Blue Jays ML (-130)

Saturday afternoon takes us north of the border to Canada where the Los Angeles Angels where the Toronto Blue Jays play the second game of a three-game weekend series. Both of these teams are going all in for a playoff push as the regular season is winding down and this three game weekend series could be a potential preview of the American League wild card round series as well. 

The Los Angeles Angels are going all in towards making a playoff appearance and winning a World Series as they decided to keep Shohei Ohtani at the trade deadline instead of trading him away after weeks of speculation. They also made a move for Lucas Giolito to improve the rest of their starting rotation around Shohei Ohtani as well. Many people believe that they are not done training players either with the trade deadline only a couple of days away at this point. They still have a steep hill to climb if they want to get back into the playoff race in the American League and the American League West division title race as well. It all starts with having a solid performance over the weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays in this series on the road.

It was yet another tough performance from the Los Angeles Angels in the opening game of their series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. As once again, Shohei Ohtani was the only player in the lineup to show up as he had a solo home run, and that would be the end of the story for the Los Angeles Angels production at the plate on Friday. Despite loading the bases in the top of the ninth-inning, they were unable to do any damage and would end up losing the game. They will have to be a lot more productive at the plate on Saturday if they want to grab a victory and avoid losing this series to the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as put themselves in a position to be swept over the weekend. 

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The Toronto Blue Jays have flown under the radar this season but they have still put together a solid year. They come into this game currently occupying one of the three wildcard sports in the American League and they are within striking distance for the top spot in the American League East division as well. Toronto comes into this game double-digit games above .500 at the moment and they have been sitting quiet at the trade deadline but they are certainly a team that could make a sneaky move in the coming days. Alek Manoah is expected to get the start in this game against the Los Angeles Angels and he will need to overcome his struggles if he wants to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a victory in this game. 

Toronto picked up an impressive victory on Friday as they held the Angels to only a solo home run by Ohtani and they will be looking to replicate that performance here on Saturday. Toronto still have some work to do if they want to win the American League East division but it is certainly within striking distance at the moment, as they are only a handful of games behind the Baltimore Orioles for first place. As previously mentioned, Alek Manoah has struggled in his previous appearances this season but if one team can make up for their pitchers lack of consistency, it is the Toronto Blue Jays, because their lineup is dangerous and full of some of the best hitters in the league.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- The Blue Jays are 25-21 after a loss this season

- Toronto is 23-18 as a home favorite this season 

- The Angels are 14-20 as a road underdog this season

Shohei Ohtani’s injury cast a huge cloud of doubt over this game when it comes to determining a winner here on Saturday afternoon. However, I still expect Alek Manoah to experience the same struggles that he has all season long and that also makes it difficult to bet on the Toronto Blue Jays here on Saturday afternoon. However, without Ohtani in the lineup, the angels don’t have much power and I think Toronto will manage to get the job done to even up this serious.

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