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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

MLB : First-Place Jays Host Last-Place Angels

With fewer than 40 games remaining in the 2016 regular season, the Toronto Blue Jays (70-54, +0.47 betting units) are in the thick of a three-way race for first in the American League East. The Los Angeles Angels (52-72, –20.13 units), on the other hand, are last in the AL West by 20.5 games heading into Monday's action. They'll meet Wednesday at Rogers Centre; Sportsnet has the coverage starting at 7:07 PM ET.

Marco Estrada (4.17 FIP) is scheduled to pitch for Toronto. The 33-year-old righty has an unusual talent for creating “soft” contact, posting a ridiculously low .215 BABIP to take the edge off his propensity for giving up walks (3.13 per nine innings) and home runs (1.22/9 IP). Estrada remains 0.93 units in the red this year on a team record of 12-9.

In theory, Los Angeles has the better right arm in 29-year-old Matt Shoemaker (3.61 FIP), but he's been snake-bitten by a .321 BABIP. The light-hitting Halos (.727 OPS) have also given Shoemaker just 3.21 runs per game in support, leaving themselves 8-16 and 8.53 units in debt during his 24 starts. The under is 14-9-1 for Shoemaker and 13-8 for Estrada this year.

MLB : First-Place Jays Host Last-Place Angels


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MLB Odds: Angels-Jays at Rogers Centre 
The Toronto Blue Jays (70-54, +0.47 betting units) have an opportunity to gain some ground in the AL East when they host the faltering Los Angeles Angels (52-72, –20.13 units) for a three-game set at Rogers Centre. Game 2 takes place Wednesday night at 7:07 PM ET on Sportsnet.

This will be a righty-on-righty matchup between Toronto's Marco Estrada (4.17 FIP) and LA's Matt Shoemaker (3.61 FIP). While Shoemaker has the better FIP, he's received just 3.21 runs per game in support, leaving the Halos down 8.53 units on a team record of 8-16.

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