Blue Jays vs. Angels: Don't Bet on Dickey

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:07 PM GMT

The Toronto Blue Jays have been one of the worst teams in baseball since the calendar turned to July, which will lead to another victory for the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this American League affair at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.

Slip, Sliding Away
Toronto has dropped all five games of its current road trip—getting outscored by a 19-6 combined margin over that span and falling into second place in the AL East standings.

The Blue Jays have also dropped their last seven contests away from the Rogers Centre, with the team hitting just .178 in that situation, while they’ve compiled a forgettable 4-14 record in their last 18 overall meetings in this series.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 7-8 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 this season, with the 'under' cashing in eight of those 15 opportunities.


Home Sweet Home
Los Angeles is enjoying a five-game win streak, which includes a 5-2 victory over Toronto as -173 home favorites Monday, while going 'under' the betting total in two consecutive contests.

The Angels possess the best home record in baseball at 31-14, while they haven’t lost a season series against the Blue Jays since the 2007 campaign.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a solid 66-42 when playing at this ballpark with a betting total of 66-42.


Dickey
Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (6-8, 4.10 ERA) is suffering through a four-game losing streak, which includes a 4-1 road defeat to the Oakland Athletics last time out, as he allowed four runs (two earned) and six hits over eight frames.

The right-hander is 1-6 with a 4.41 ERA in eight road appearances—issuing 29 walks and striking out 35 batters in 49 combined innings.

In 10 career outings at this venue, Dickey has compiled a 1-1 record and 5.65 ERA.


Skaggs
Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (4-4, 4.16 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 3-2 road loss to the Chicago White Sox last week, as he surrendered two runs and five hits over 7.2 innings of work.

The left-hander is 1-1 with a 5.80 ERA in six home starts, with opposing hitters batting .293 against him (.201 on the road).

Skaggs registered a 5-3 road victory in his only lifetime appearance versus the Blue Jays on May 10.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Angels as one of their MLB picks, as the Blue Jays have fallen in defeat in eight of Dickey’s last nine road starts.

Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles Angels 

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