MLB Picks: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels

Joe Freda

Friday, August 2, 2013 1:09 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Angels ended a six-game losing streak with Thursday’s 8-2 triumph as minus 105 home choices over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Friday’s rematch has a pair of righties on the hill, with Los Angeles’ Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.15 ERA) squaring off against Toronto’s Todd Redmond (1-1, 3.81 ERA).

Let’s review the match-up for our MLB picks today. 

Angels cruise in opener

Angels slugger Mark Trumbo drilled his 24th homer of the year in Thursday’s victory, finishing with a 2-for-4 night. Los Angeles’ J.B. Shuck notched three RBIs from the lineup’s designated hitter spot, while mate Chris Nelson poked a triple as part of his club’s 12 hits.

Toronto’s Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie united to hit 4-for-7, including Rasmus cracking one of his side’s two doubles. Blue Jays leadoff man Jose Reyes was held to 0-for-4, leaving two men on base. 

Hanson lit up in Oakland 

Hanson came away with a third straight no-decision in Sunday’s 10-6 defeat for Los Angeles as a 143 road dog to the Oakland Athletics. The Oklahoma native gave up five runs on four hits, departing after 4 2/3 innings. 

Angels shortstop Erick Aybar poked a double and triple, finishing 2-for-3 with one RBI. Los Angeles’ Howie Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo drove in two runs each, while Josh Hamilton struck out three times in a 0-for-5 day from the cleanup spot.

Redmond cashes at home

Redmond also picked up a no-decision on the same day’s card, with Toronto pulling out a 2-1 win as a 189 home favorite over the Houston Astros. The second-year hurler tossed 10 strikeouts over six frames, holding Houston to three hits. 

Toronto’s Melky Cabrera hit 3-for-4, while mate Edwin Encarnacion drove in his side’s first run for an early 1-0 lead. The ninth inning saw Colby Rasmus drill a walkoff single for Toronto’s win, scoring pinch runner Emilio Bonifacio. 

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Back the Blue Jays as road dogs 

William Hill opened Hanson as a 115 home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 8 ½. The weather forecast in Anaheim calls for 72 degrees, with clear skies and calm winds. 

I am backing Redmond and the Blue Jays as short dogs for my free pick in this spot, looking for John Gibbons’ club to even this series.

Redmond cashed at plus 136 MLB odds in last month’s sole road start against the Baltimore Orioles, allowing three runs in a 7-3 victory for Toronto. The righty faces an Angels’ club with inconsistent octane, going 0-4 in their last four spots that came after a contest of scoring five or more runs. 

Hanson has been overvalued at “The Big A,” with the Angels logging a 1-4 mark in his last five starts as a home favorite. The 26-year-old has given up a sizable 1.56 WHIP and .354 OBP on his hill, allowing eight earned runs over the span’s most recent 7 1/3 frames.

Toronto’s Jose Bautista and Emilio Bonifacio have cracked one homer each in 17 combined at-bats facing Hanson, while Jose Reyes has poked five doubles in an 8-for-21 career mark. The Blue Jays have notched 4.7 RPG in their last seven road dates, drawing a matchup here that should see their octane pick up after Thursday’s opener.

Free Pick:  Toronto Blue Jays +105 at William Hill