Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels 5-20-2018




Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels 5-20-2018

Tampa Bay Rays (20-22) vs Los Angeles Angels (25-19)

Date : 05/20/2018
Time : 4:07 pm EST
Location : Angel Stadium, Los Angeles, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels

The finale of a 4-game set between the visiting Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels will resume on Sunday, 5-20-2018, at 10:07 pm EST, at Angel Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  The Rays occupy the 4th place slot within the NL East while the Angels are in 2nd place within the AL West.  This will be the 1st meeting of the year amongst these two teams, however, the Rays have won 4 of the last 7 matchups while winning 2 of the last 3 games at Angel Stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :

The Tampa Bay Rays have won 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  After being swept by the Atlanta Braves in a 2-game set on 5-9-2018 while also dropping a 4-game set against the Baltimore Orioles 3-games-to-1 on 5-13-2018, the Rays swept a 3-game road set versus the struggling Kansas City Royals squad on 5-14-2018 with game 3 being a 5-3 win for Tampa Bay.  The Rays have certainly gained some momentum and seek to carry it into the finale with the Angels.

The Rays are averaging 4.27 runs per game (17th) with a team batting average of .262 (3rd), 37 homers (29th), along with 26 stolen bases on the year (10th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.57 (24th) with 335 strikeouts (22nd) and 11 quality starts (30th).

Mallex Smith (.308 BA on 117 AB), Joey Wendle (.286 BA on 112 AB) Adeiny Hechavarria (.267 BA on 131 AB) spearhead the offensive attack from the plate for the O’s while C.J. Cron (.289 BA on 159 AB), Matt Duffy (.322 BA on 121 AB), and Denard Span (.254 BA on 124 AB) are also critical to the Baltimore offense.

Blake Snell (4-3) has pitched 52 innings this season and allowed 18 runs on 38 hits, 8 homers, 16 walks, and 53 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.12.  Chris Archer (2-3) has pitched 52.2 while allowing 34 runs on 59 hits, 9 homers, 15 walks, 52 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.64 for the season.  Jake Faria (3-2) has pitched 45 innings this year while allowing 26 runs on 38 hits, 6 homers, 21 walks, and 35 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.20.

Los Angeles Angels's Latest Performance :

Recently, the Angels tied 2-game set on the road versus the Rockies on 5-9-2018 while also tying a 4-game set against the Minnesota Twins on 5-13-2018.  They would go on to lose a 3-game home set versus the Houston Astros on 5-16-2018, with game 3 being a 2-0 shutout for the Astros.  The Angels have had a rough patch lately and would love to end their losing skid in game 3 against a team that has dominated them in recent matchups.

For the season, the Angels are averaging 4.81 runs per game (8th) with a team batting average of .256 (9th), 58 homers (4th) along with 22 stolen bases (12th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.73 (11th) with 401 strikeouts (7th) with 18 quality starts on the year (10th).

Andrelton Simmons (.342 BA on 152 AB), Mike Trout (.298 BA on 151 AB), and Albert Pujols (.256 BA on 154) have been the offensive leaders for the Angels offense this season.  Justin Upton (.257 BA on 171 AB) has also been very consistent contributor to the offense as el this season.

Tyler Skaggs (3-2) has pitched 44 innings while allowing 15 runs on 40 hits 4 homers, 13 walks, and 46 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.07.  Jaime Barria (3-1) has pitched 25.1 innings while allowing 6 runs on 19 hits, 1 homer, 7 walks and 20 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.13.  Garrett Richards (4-2) has pitched 46.2 innings while allowing 24 runs on 36 hits, 6 homers, 21 walks, and 53 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.47.

How Tampa Bay Rays & Los Angeles Angels Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Tampa Bay Rays are 22-19 ATS while the O/U is 21-18-2.  On the other hand, the Angels are 22-21 ATS while the O/U is 21-21-1.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

While the Angels have proven that they are one of the more dangerous teams in the MLB thus far, they have not been able to perform well against top level competition thus far.  In all, they hope to end this series on a positive note in preparation for their next set on the road versus the Blue Jays.  On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Rays are now the beneficiaries of tons of momentum heading into this matchup.  Coming off a decisive sweep of the Royals, they are looking to build from this series in which to string together some wins and get back into the NL East race.

Against The Spread Selection: Tampa Bay Rays

My reason for the pick :

While I feel that the Angels will play well in this matchup, I will be siding with the Rays in the finale.  On one hand, they have dominated the Angels on the road in recent matchups and when combined with the fact that the Angels have certainly played well recently (albeit against inferior competition), I feel that they will squeak out a close win to end the series.  The Rays will somehow neutralize the big bats of the Angels in which to pick up the hard-fought victory on Sunday afternoon.

Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:

  • Betting Trends for Tampa Bay Rays

    • The Rays are 4-1 in last 5 road games
    • The Under is 8-4-2 in Rays last 14 games

Betting trends for Los Angeles Angels:

  • Betting Trends for Los Angeles Angels

    • The Angels are 3-4 in last 7 home games
    • The Under is 4-2-1 in Angels last 7 home games
    • The Under is 9-6-1 in Angels last 16 home games

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