The Toronto Blue Jays (5-4) will look to take two out of three against the Los Angeles Angels (5-3) on Sunday afternoon. Toronto took the first game of the three-game set but got walloped in last night’s 9-5 loss. Angels superstar Mike Trout hit a go-ahead three-run shot in the 5th inning before Hunter Renfroe blew it open with a two-run homer in the 8th.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels: Betting Odds
|Toronto Blue Jays||+1.5||o10||+105|
|Los Angeles Angels||-1.5||u10||-125|
Odds are courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook
Fixture: Toronto Blue Jays @ Los Angeles Angels
Date and Time: Sunday, April 9, 4:07 p.m. ET
Venue: Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels: Pitching Matchup
Yusei Kikuchi will toe the slab for the Toronto Blue Jays. The lefty was excellent in his season debut, throwing five innings and allowing one run on two hits while striking out two. Kikuchi had a horrendous first season in Toronto last season, going 6-7 with a 5.19 ERA and a BB/9 of 5.2. He has struggled to adapt to the MLB since coming from Japan, evident by his career 4.98 ERA.
The Angels have shelled Kikuchi throughout his career. The former Seattle Mariner is 1-4 with a 9.71 and a laughable 2.158 WHIP. Most of the damage occurred at Angels Stadium, where he is 1-2 with a 9.54 ERA. Kikuchi has allowed eight homers in 28.1 innings at Angels Stadium. He is 12-14 with a 5.18 ERA when pitching on the road.
Reid Detmers will start for the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. The 23-year-old went 4.2 innings in his season debut, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out seven. The former top prospect enjoyed a solid 2022, going 7-6 with a 3.77 ERA in 25 starts.
Detmers is 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA when pitching at Angels Stadium. The lefty has faced the Blue Jays once in his career, but it went nearly perfectly. He walked one while throwing a complete game no-hitter. It was the 12th no-hitter in franchise history and the first by just one pitcher since Jered Weaver in 2012. The season’s first month has been challenging for Detmers, but he should continue to improve throughout his professional career.
Blue Jays vs. Angels: Betting Prediction
The Los Angeles Angels have to be the play here. Reid Detmers owns the Blue Jays, while the Angels own Yusei Kikuchi. Detmers has a no-hitter, while Kikuchi has an ERA near ten when pitching at Angels Stadium. Let’s roll with LA in this one and hope they can get to Kikuchi early and often.