Free MLB Picks: Blue Jays @ Angels, 10:35 PM

of Anaheim on Thursday night. Both Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels have been performing weak but among them, the Blue Jays have regained some form of late. That however could not be proved when the Blue Jays sent Josh Johnson to the mound. Johnson is searching an opportunity  to put his ugly July behind and go ahead to lead the Blue Jays to their sixth win in eight games tonight when they try to defeat the Angels for a seventh straight loss. Jose Bautista had, however, hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning on Wednesday as AL East-worst Toronto (50-57) collected a pair out of the three at AL West-leading Oakland with a 5-2 victory.

Baseball predictions expert reports that Los Angeles (48-58), meanwhile, is going to the opposite direction as they became the victim of a walk-off home run for the third consecutive match in Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Texas. The Angels will try to avoid their only seven-game losing streak since April 30 - May 6, 2010, as they boot the four game set against Johnson who is 1-7 with a 6.08 ERA. The right-hander is going to try to avoid his career-worst five-start consecutive losing stretch. He has posted a 7.71 ERA in July, which is the second-highest for any pitcher who have made at least five starts. Johnson equaled a season high by allowing seven runs and seven hits – out of which three were homers - over 5 2-3 innings in an 8-6 loss to Houston on Saturday.

MLB weekly picks insider informs that Johnson is 0-4 with a 7.66 ERA in total five road starts this season but he has never faced the Angels yet. He certainly will have hands full with duties as Mike Trout, who has already got three home runs, an equal number of doubles and five RBIs in his last six games against the Blue Jays, plays against him. Josh Hamilton had homered for the Angels' only run on Wednesday. He is now at 5 for 11 with seven RBIs in his last three contests. Los Angeles starter Garrett Richards who is at 2-4 with a 4.33 ERA did the best he could in his second chance in the rotation by giving up three hits over five scoreless innings on Saturday and exiting with the lead in a 3-1 loss at Oakland. The right-hander had replaced Joe Blanton, going 1-2 with a 5.54 ERA in four April starts. Richards' only start against the Blue Jays was worse than that. He had walked four and allowed a career-high 10 runs – out of which five were earned - over 4 1-3 innings in an 11-2 loss at Toronto on June 30, 2012. Colby Rasmus had gone 1 for 5 in that match. Rasmus has a hitting average of .131 in 17 career games against the Angels. He, however, is now at 11 for 26 in his last six games overall.

Rasmus’s Teammate Melky Cabrera could possibly return after serving the pinch-hitting duty on Wednesday because of his sore legs. Cabrera is unsure whether he will face a suspension for his ties to the Florida clinic that is accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. The teams had split a pair of four-game series the last season.

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