Alex Colome (3-2, 4.54 ERA) and Garrett Richards (5-4, 4.14 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (32-28) and the Los Angeles Angels (29-30) at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 4-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 11 and can be seen on FSN-W and SunSports.
Colome pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking three in a 2-1 defeat to the Mariners. David DeJesus (.312, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Richards is 2-1 with a 5.02 ERA against the Rays in his career. He is up against a below-average Tampa Bay offense that's batting just .238. Mike Trout (.285, 44 Rs, 16 HRs, 34 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Los Angeles is a slim -115 favorite over Tampa Bay. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Rays have an overall money line of +189 and a record as the underdog of 17-16. Opposing offenses have been stifled by the Rays, who have a team ERA of only 3.29. The Rays are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.18 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who lead the AL in strikeouts per home game with 9.1.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 18-16 record and an overall money line of -324. The The Angels allow just 4.0 runs per game, ranking them fifth in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Angels are third in the AL with an average of 8.0 hits allowed per game.
The Rays lead the season series, 3-2. The Rays have a 20-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Richards takes the mound. Colome (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 21-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 14-12, while Tampa Bay is 10-10.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Angels have a 4-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 6-21. The Rays have a 6-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 13th in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 55 this season. Los Angeles ranks 10th with 61 home runs.
Tampa Bay and Los Angeles both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Tampa Bay sits at 14th with 7.92 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks 13th with 7.93.
Tampa Bay and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Tampa Bay sits at 23rd with an OPS of .685 and Los Angeles ranks 24th with an OPS of .682.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 12-26, well-matched with the Rays who are 13-20 when allowing at least one homer.