Erasmo Ramirez (4-2, 5.10 ERA) and Jered Weaver (4-5, 4.60 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (31-28) and the Los Angeles Angels (29-29) at Tropicana Field. The Angels won the last game 8-2 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 10 and can be seen on FSN-W and SunSports.
Ramirez is 1-2 with a 2.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts against the Angels. David DeJesus (.313, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Weaver is 5-4 with a 3.71 ERA against the Rays in his career. He takes on a below-average Tampa Bay offense that's batting just .238. Mike Trout (.286, 44 Rs, 16 HRs, 33 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Angels, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs.
Los Angeles is a narrow -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 +289 and a record as the underdog of 17-15. Opposing offenses have been stifled by the Rays, who have a team ERA of only 3.22. The Rays are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.19 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who lead the AL in strikeouts per home game with 9.3.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 17-16 record and an overall money line of -424. Offensively, the Angels have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 5.0 during that stretch. Moving on to Los Angeles's pitching staff and defense, 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 fourth in the AL with an average of 8.0 hits allowed per game.
The Rays have a 20-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Weaver takes the mound. Ramirez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 20-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
Tampa Bay recorded at least two errors for the sixth time this season.
When the Rays play into extra innings, they have a 2-2 record. The Angels are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rays have an 11-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 21-8. The Rays have a 21-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 216 this season. Los Angeles ranks 19th with 233 runs.
Tampa Bay and Los Angeles both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Tampa Bay sits at 17th with 162 this season and Los Angeles ranks 20th with 155.
The Rays are 22-14 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Angels are 20-17 when they hit at least one homer.