7:07 pm
August 26

Angels @ Blue Jays

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Angels (52-73)

@ Toronto Blue Jays (68-55)


Starting Pitchers:

Detmers (LAA): 4-4; 3.66 ERA

White (TOR) 1-3; 3.63 ERA


Current odds:

Los Angeles Angels: (+155)

Toronto Blue Jays: (-182)


• The starting line-up for the Angels is as follows:

August 26 lineup: 2B Fletcher, CF Trout, DH Ohtani, 3B Rengifo, 1B Ford, C Thaiss, LF Adell, RF Aguilar, SS Velazquez, P Detmers

• The starting line-up for the Blue Jays is as follows:

Blue Jays lineup against the Angels on August 26: DH Springer, 1B Guerrero Jr., LF Gurriel Jr., C Kirk, RF Hernández, SS Bichette, 3B Chapman, CF Merrifield, 2B Espinal (pictured), SP White. First pitch: 7:07pm ET.

• After a 6-1 road trip, the Toronto Blue Jays will return home Friday night to open a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. The Blue Jays won in 10 innings for the second game in a row Thursday night, 6-5, to complete a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox. Toronto took three of four games from the New York Yankees to open the trip.

• The Angels lost their sixth straight game Thursday, 8-3 to the host Tampa Bay Rays.

• Toronto pulled an escape act twice against the Red Sox on Thursday. Boston had a runner on third with nobody out in the eighth and loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, yet did not score either time.

• In losing for the ninth time in 10 games Thursday, the Angels could not overcome a five-run third inning in which only one run was earned.

• The Blue Jays will start right-hander Mitch White (1-3, 3.63 ERA) Friday in the opener of a six-game homestand. He will be facing the Angels for the second time in his career. He allowed six runs (all unearned) in 1 1/3 innings against them in a relief outing last season.

• The Angels will start left-hander Reid Detmers (4-4, 3.66 ERA), who will be facing Toronto for the first time in his career.

• Los Angeles first baseman Jared Walsh (thoracic outlet syndrome) was placed on the 60-day injured list on Thursday and could face surgery. The Angels first put Walsh on the 10-day IL but moved him to the 60-day IL to clear a 40-man roster spot for left-hander Rob Zastryzny, who was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets and optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.

• The Angels promoted first baseman Mike Ford, who played 101 games with the Yankees from 2019-21. This season he has been with the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves. Ford went 2-for-4 on Thursday in his Angels debut. The Angels opened a 40-man roster spot for Ford by designating infielder Phil Gosselin for assignment.

• The Angels also brought up catcher Matt Thaiss, who grounded out as a pinch hitter on Thursday. Nevin said that Thaiss would play some first base and also catch one of the games in Toronto.

• There will be more Angels roster moves. Outfielder Ryan Aguilar and right-handed relievers Jose Marte and Gerardo Reyes are expected to replace players who will be unable to enter Canada because they are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

StreakSmarter Pick
Toronto Blue Jays