The Los Angeles Angels shocked the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, winning 12-0. It dropped the Jays into third place by a half-game in the American League East.
For Saturday afternoon’s game, the Halos send out ace Shohei Ohtani to the mound, while Toronto counters with Alek Manoah.
So who gets the better of their opposition, Ohtani or Manoah? Find out with our free MLB betting picks and predictions for the Angels vs. Blue Jays on August 27.
Angels vs Blue Jays odds
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The Blue Jays opened at -135 and have gone as high as -161. The Angels began at +115 and are at +141 at WynnBET. The total started at seven but has ticked up to 7.5, with the Over at +105 and the Under at -115.
Angels vs Blue Jays predictions
- Prediction: Blue Jays -1.5 (+140)
- Prediction: Over 7.5 (+105)
- Best bet: Springer Over 0.5 RBI (+210)
Picks made on 8/27/2022 at 7:30 a.m. ET.
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Angels vs Blue Jays game info
• Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON
• Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022
• First pitch: 3:07 p.m. ET
• TV: Sportsnet
Angels vs Blue Jays betting preview
Shohei Ohtani (10-8, 2.83 ERA): The usually dependable Ohtani has been anything but in his last two starts. The 28-year-old right-hander has struggled. His most recent was against the Detroit Tigers, where he gave up three runs on five hits in four innings and received his eighth loss of the season. His outing before that was against the Seattle Mariners. In that one, he allowed two runs on seven hits through six innings but never put his team in a position to win.
Alek Manoah (12-6, 2.66 ERA): The 24-year-old righty, who is in his first full season in the major leagues, has excelled with the Blue Jays, In his last start, against the New York Yankees, he pitched six innings and allowed only one earned run while allowing four hits and striking out eight.
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Angels vs Blue Jays picks and predictions
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Run line analysis
The Angels woke up the Blue Jays on Friday, spanking them 12-0. It was the first time since May 10 that the Halos shut out a team with a winning record. It was also the first time since July 2 that Toronto has had 10 or more runs scored on it.
Enjoy the victory, Los Angeles, because Toronto is going to come out hard in Saturday afternoon’s contest at home. No one likes being embarrassed, and with Alek Manoah on the mound for the home side, it won’t happen two days in a row.
Manoah has become the workhorse of the Jays' staff. He has pitched 148 2-3 innings this year and has a chance to become the first Blue Jays' starter since Marcus Stroman in 2017 to reach 200-plus innings.
It has been rough for Manoah in August. He has four starts and allowed 10 earned runs in 22 2-3 innings. He has also allowed 18 hits but has struck out 25. Still, his ERA for the month is 3.97, higher than any month this season.
Manoah, however, improved in his last start from the previous one and I see that happening again. In his last start, he only allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings. Pitch like that against the Angels, and you'll pick up the victory.
Especially since his opponent hasn’t fared much better in August. Ohtani has also had four starts, allowing seven earned runs in 21 2-3 innings. He has given up 23 hits and struck out 22. Ohtani’s ERA has also ticked up in August from the previous month, from 2.81 to 2.83.
Manoah faced the Angels on May 27 and allowed two earned runs on seven hits over six innings. He didn’t get a decision but put Toronto in a position to win.
Ohtani faced the Blue Jays the night before and gave up five runs, including two homers, on six hits through six innings. He got the loss in that game. Expect more of the same this afternoon.
Prediction: Blue Jays -1.5 (+140 at Caesars)
There won’t be 12 runs scored like Friday, but the Over should hit with a total of 7.5.
Both starting pitchers have cracks in their recent outings that would indicate one or both is going to give up a fair amount of runs. My guess is it will be Ohtani.
In his last start, Ohtani gave up a 448-foot home run to Detroit’s Riley Greene. It was the longest homer he has allowed in the majors. Ohtani left shortly, complaining of a stomach virus, but didn’t use that as an excuse.
“My results weren’t good, but I think I just didn’t make the right pitches,” he said.
But Ohtani has complained about fatigue since May, and being a two-way player might finally be catching up to him. His numbers are down from last year and his velocity in his pitches is lower than earlier in the season.
It will be up to Toronto bats to take advantage of that. It certainly did the last time it faced him in May. The Jays roughed him up for five runs on six hits, including two homers.
It’s not surprising. The Blue Jays are third in the majors in batting average, fifth in hits, sixth in RBI, and seventh in home runs.
Toronto’s offense was stymied Friday, but don't expect that to happen again. If the Angels produce a third of the runs they did the night before, this game will easily hit the Over.
Prediction: Over 7.5 (+105 at WynnBET)
George Springer has been on a tear since returning from the injured list on August 15. He has played in nine games and had a hit in every one of them, along with an RBI in five of those outings.
Now he gets to face Ohtani, a pitcher he has had great success against. In 12 at bats, Springer has six hits, including two home runs and four RBI.
The last time they met was in May, and Springer greeted Ohtani with a first-inning homer.
The way Springer has produced against Ohtani, and since returning from injury, I expect at least one RBI from him on Saturday.
George Springer Prop Pick: Over 0.5 RBI (+210)