This is a 1* free play on the "over" between the Toronto Blue Jays and the LA Angels on Thursday night (10:05 EST).
Josh Johnson (1-7, 6.08 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Johnson continued his dismal season by giving up seven earned runs off seven hits including three long-balls with two walks in a loss to the soft-hitting Astros on Saturday. Johnson has lost five straight starts and given up 19 earned runs over his last three outings spanning just 13 2/3's innings of work. Johnson will take his horrible 5.91 ERA road record into LA to throw opposite Garrett Richards (2-4, 4.33 ERA) who went five scoreless frames vs. the A's on Saturday, earning a no-decision in his team's eventual 3-1 setback. It was his first start since April 30th; take note though that Richards has struggled in this spot already this season, going a pedestrian 1-2 with a ballooned 4.89 ERA in all "night games" thus far. Four of these teams last five in their series have flown above the posted number and with the inconsistent Richards facing off against the confirmed "gas can" in Johnson in the opener of this four-game set, all signs do indeed once again point to a higher-scoring affair; consider a second look at the "over" in this one.