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Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick & Prediction APR 11TH 2021

ScheduledTV: Sportsnet | Bally Sports NetworkDunedin Stadium Dunedin

967Los Angeles Angels
968Toronto Blue Jays

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10.5
LM
-1.5 +122 | -1.5 +123 | -1.5 +125 | -1.5 +115 | -1.5 +121
11o 100 | 10.5o -115 | 11o 100 | 10.5o -114 | 10.5o -113
CU
-1.5 +121
10.5o -113
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-121
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Shohei Ohtani is expected to be in the starting lineup and batting second Sunday afternoon for the Los Angeles Angels against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., the designated hitter feeling especially good at the plate these days thanks to feeling especially good physically.

Since joining the Angels in 2018, Ohtani's appearances as a pitcher have been limited because of an elbow injury that required surgery after the 2018 season. And he's already missed one scheduled start this season because of a blister on his finger.

The elbow injury, however, didn't affect Ohtani at the plate as much as a knee injury that resulted in surgery after the 2019 season. Ohtani hit one home run every 5.2 games in 2018, and one homer every 5.9 games in 2019.

But after the knee surgery in 2019, Ohtani hit one homer every 6.6 games in 2020. He also had career lows in batting average (.190) and OPS (.657).

"After going through the whole season last year, I felt like my knee was the biggest issue coming off the surgery, so I was pretty limited to what I could do," Ohtani said through an interpreter, adding that a healthy lower half helps him to be able to drive the ball better.

With three homers so far this season, Ohtani is tied for the team lead with Mike Trout and Jared Walsh, and he's batting .294 with a 1.039 OPS.

Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler, however, suffered a sprained left knee in Friday's game sliding into second base. He was placed on the injured list and will be eligible to return to the active roster on April 20. Juan Lagares is expected to get most of the starts in right field in Fowler's place.

The Blue Jays also have issues in the outfield. George Springer has been on the injured list all season and is yet to make his Blue Jays debut, and Teoscar Hernandez recently was placed on the COVID-19 injured list.

That resulted in the promotion of outfielder Josh Palacios, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his major league debut on Friday. But he was in the starting lineup Saturday as well and had a bunt single in the second inning for his first major league hit. He added an RBI single in the fourth, a single in the sixth and a single in the eighth, his fourth hit of the game.

Palacios admitted he had to fight off feelings of awe before Friday's game, considering who was in the opposing dugout -- Fowler was one of Palacios' favorite players growing up.

"I was a little nervous, I can't lie," Palacios said. "(Fowler) was on the other team, I didn't want to be the guy, like, 'Hey, what's up Fowler? What's up (Mike)Trout?' It was kind of business once I got onto the field."

Even though it was his first day in the big leagues, Palacios was familiar with Dunedin's TD Ballpark, having played there in spring training and minor league games.

"It felt like home," Palacios said. "I've been here for a whole season before, played many spring training games here, so it felt a lot more comfortable. I already knew the field, the atmosphere, how everything plays."

Palacios, who did not play at all in 2020 because there was no minor league season, hit .266 with seven homers, 38 RBI and a .787 OPS in 82 games for Double-A New Hampshire in 2019.

Right-hander Alex Cobb (0-0, 4.50 ERA), who got a no-decision in his first start of the season, will be on the mound for Los Angeles. He is 3-7 with a 5.10 ERA in 13 career starts against Toronto.

Tanner Roark, who allowed five runs in just three innings last week in his season debut - a 7-4 loss to Texas - will start for Toronto. He is 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA in four starts against the Angels.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 56% L 44%
5 4
  • @Kansas City L 1 - 6
  • @Kansas City L 2 - 3
  • @Kansas City W 10 - 3
  • @Toronto D 0 - 0
  • @Toronto L 1 - 15
  • @Toronto W 7 - 1
  • @Toronto W 7 - 5
  • Houston L 4 - 2
  • Houston W 6 - 7
  • Chi. White Sox W 4 - 7
W 44% L 56%
4 5
  • NY Yankees W 4 - 5
  • NY Yankees W 3 - 7
  • NY Yankees L 3 - 1
  • LA Angels D 0 - 0
  • LA Angels W 1 - 15
  • LA Angels L 7 - 1
  • LA Angels L 7 - 5
  • @Texas L 1 - 2
  • @Texas L 4 - 7
  • @Texas W 6 - 2

Next Games

  • Minnesota(05-23-19) L 16 - 7
  • Minnesota(05-23-19) L 16 - 7
  • Minnesota(05-23-19) L 16 - 7
  • Texas(03-03-21) W 2 - 6
  • Texas(03-03-21) W 2 - 6
  • @Kansas City(07-31-19) W 4 - 1
  • @Kansas City(07-31-19) W 4 - 1
  • @Kansas City(07-31-19) W 4 - 1
  • @Kansas City(07-31-19) W 4 - 1
  • @Boston(09-06-20) W 10 - 8

Last Meetings

  • Angels @ Blue Jays 0-0
  • Angels @ Blue Jays 1-15
  • Angels @ Blue Jays 7-1
  • Angels @ Blue Jays 7-5
  • Angels @ Blue Jays 5-7
  • Angels @ Blue Jays 11-6
  • Angels @ Blue Jays 3-1
  • Angels @ Blue Jays 10-5
  • Blue Jays @ Angels 2-6
  • Blue Jays @ Angels 3-6

American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals64 .6000.04.94.7 4-22-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians64 .6000.04.22.6 4-12-36-0-4
Minnesota Twins56 .4551.55.43.7 1-44-25-0-5
Detroit Tigers56 .4551.53.95.3 3-32-34-0-6
Chicago White Sox56 .4551.55.04.1 2-23-45-0-5
American League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Boston Red Sox83 .7270.05.94.3 3-35-08-0-2
Toronto Blue Jays66 .5002.54.53.7 3-33-35-0-5
Tampa Bay Rays56 .4553.04.15.7 3-22-44-0-6
Baltimore Orioles56 .4553.04.55.4 1-44-24-0-6
New York Yankees57 .4173.54.03.8 3-32-44-0-6
American League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Los Angeles Angels75 .5830.05.15.4 4-23-36-0-4
Houston Astros65 .5450.55.54.3 1-45-15-0-5
Seattle Mariners65 .5450.54.65.6 3-33-25-0-5
Oakland Athletics57 .4172.04.06.2 1-64-15-0-5
Texas Rangers47 .3642.54.05.0 2-42-34-0-6

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers75 .5830.04.43.3 3-34-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds75 .5830.06.34.7 5-12-46-0-4
St. Louis Cardinals66 .5001.05.05.3 2-44-25-0-5
Chicago Cubs57 .4172.02.74.3 3-32-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates47 .3642.54.05.4 3-21-53-0-7
National League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Philadelphia Phillies65 .5450.03.73.9 5-11-45-0-5
New York Mets43 .5710.03.43.6 3-11-24-0-3
Miami Marlins46 .4001.54.34.3 1-53-14-0-5
Atlanta Braves47 .3642.04.34.7 2-32-44-0-6
Washington Nationals36 .3332.03.44.8 1-22-43-0-6
National League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Los Angeles Dodgers92 .8180.05.83.1 4-05-29-0-1
San Francisco Giants84 .6671.53.42.9 5-13-37-0-3
San Diego Padres84 .6671.54.12.8 4-34-16-0-4
Arizona Diamondbacks48 .3335.54.65.7 2-32-54-0-6
Colorado Rockies38 .2736.04.45.2 3-40-42-0-8

Last Injuries

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Ross Stripling

    Forearm
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Stripling sat out of the previous game due to right forearm tightness, and it is unknown if he will be active versus the Royals on Thursday.

  • George Springer

    Quadricep
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Springer has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right quad low-grade strain. He is without a definitive timetable for recovery.

  • Thomas Hatch

    Elbow
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Hatch has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list due to a right elbow impingement, and he is expected to not be available until the latter part of April.

  • Julian Merryweather

    Oblique
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Merryweather has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to a left oblique strain, and it has yet to be established when he will return.

  • Teoscar Hernandez

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Hernandez has been designated for the COVID-19 injured list after testing positive for the virus, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Tyler Chatwood

    Tricep
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Chatwood has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right tricep inflammation, and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.

  • Robbie Ray

    Elbow
    Prob Mon | probable

    Ray has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a left elbow contusion, and it is expected that he will suit up for Monday's showdown with the Yankees.

  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Gurriel has hit the COVID-19 injured list due to vaccine-related symptoms, and will miss an unknown number of games.

Los Angeles Angels

  • Anthony Rendon

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Rendon is on the 10-day injured list a left groin strain, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Luke Bard

    Hip
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Bard has been assigned to the 60-day injured list after undergoing right hip surgery, and he will miss the remainder of the season.

  • Juan Lagares

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Lagares has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a left calf strain, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Max Stassi

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Stassi has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a left thumb sprain, and it is unknown how long he will be debilitated.

  • Justin Upton

    Back
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Upton has sat out the previous two games due to back stiffness, and it is unclear if he will play against the Twins on Friday.

  • Felix Pena

    Hamstring
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Pena has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain, and he is not expected to make his season debut until the latter part of April.

  • Dexter Fowler

    Knee
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Fowler has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a torn ACL, and he will miss the remainder of the 2021 season.

  • Robel Garcia

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Garcia has been designated for the COVID-19 injured list, and it has yet to be determined if he will return to the lineup.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays Recap APR 10TH 2021

Billy McKinney hit a two-run home run with none out in the bottom of 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays salvaged the finale of a four-game series with a 7-5 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

McKinney's fourth homer of the season -- and his first career walk-off blast -- came against Ty Buttrey (4-4) after Randal Grichuk led off with a single.

Nick Kingham (2-1) pitched around a single in the top of the 10th to earn the win.

The Angels won the season series 6-1.

Teoscar Hernandez, Eric Sogard and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also homered for Toronto.

Luis Rengifo homered for Los Angeles.

Angels starter Jose Suarez allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks.

Blue Jays starter Clayton Richard allowed four runs, six hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

Toronto scored three first-inning runs. Sogard doubled, took third on Gurriel's single and scored on Cavan Biggio's sacrifice fly. Hernandez, who missed the two previous games with a sprained wrist, homered for the seventh time this season.

The Angels cut the lead to 3-2 in the second when Rengifo's second homer of the season followed Tommy La Stella's single.

Sogard hit his seventh homer of the season with two out in the bottom of the second.

The Angels scored once in the fifth. Rengifo singled and Dustin Garneau doubled. Rengifo scored on Wilfredo Tovar's groundout to short.

Gurriel led off the bottom of the fifth with his ninth homer, and the Blue Jays led 5-3.

In the top of the sixth, Richard walked leadoff batter Kole Calhoun and was replaced by Derek Law. Albert Pujols reached first on third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s error and La Stella's single loaded the bases. Joe Biagini replaced Law and allowed Rengifo's RBI single.

The Angels tied the score in the seventh. Mike Trout doubled and stole third. Calhoun walked with one out, Daniel Hudson relieved Tim Mayza and Pujols hit a sacrifice fly.

Toronto closer Ken Giles (elbow inflammation), activated Thursday from the injured list, pitched a perfect ninth.

The Angels' Hansel Robles struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth.

Toronto reliever Justin Shafer was optioned Thursday to Triple-A Buffalo.

NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard of the champion Toronto Raptors attended the game and received an ovation.

--Field Level Media