Page’s Weekly LA Angels Predictions: Week Three
Friday, April 21 Angels vs. Blue Jays
Probables: Marco Estrada vs. Tyler Skaggs
The Angels return to the Big A to take on the Blue Jays in a weekend series. They will face Marco Estrada in the first game of the series. Estrada has been exceptional this season, holding a 3.50 ERA after his first three starts. He has thrown 18 innings and given up seven earned runs on 16 hits and six walks. He has also given up three home runs in his first trio of starts. Estrada was seen as a future ace and elite arm when he first entered the bigs. He never quite reached that potential, but has turned into an exceptional starter. As shown by his three home runs given up, he is a victim of the long ball often and has given one up to four different current Angels in his career.
Tyler Skaggs will take the mound for the first time since his phenomenal outing on Sunday. He threw seven shutout innings. He allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out a whopping nine batters. After two shaky starts to start the season, Skaggs entered the game with a 8.71 ERA,. He brought that down to a 5.19 ERA after his outing Sunday. It will nerve-wracking for fans to see which Skaggs shows up, as they will need him to step up and remain healthy this season if they hope to chase the playoffs. He has not made many starts against the Blue Jays, but of the Toronto batters who have at least three at-bats against Skaggs, none of them have a batting average above .200 or a home run.
Prediction: Angels 5 Blue Jays 2