Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.63 ERA) and Matt Shoemaker (3-4, 5.08 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (31-27) and the Los Angeles Angels (28-29) at Tropicana Field. The Angels come into this series hoping to snap a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 9 and can be seen on FSN-W and SunSports.
Karns pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking three in a 6-5 defeat to the Angels. Logan Forsythe (.276, 25 Rs, 7 HRs, 26 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one RBI. Shoemaker is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA against the Rays in his career. He is up against a below-average Tampa Bay offense that's batting just .239. Albert Pujols (.258, 29 Rs, 15 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Tampa Bay is a slim -115 favorite at home against Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Rays have an overall money line of +289 and a record as the favorite of 14-12. Tampa Bay is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 7-3 SU record in its last ten outings. 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 1.17 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 underdog, Los Angeles has a 11-13 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. Shifting to the 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 third in the AL with an average of 8.0 hits allowed per game.
The Rays lead the season series, 2-1. The Rays have a 20-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Shoemaker takes the mound. Karns (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
For the fifth time this season, the Rays registered at least two errors in a game.
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 one walk during their last outing. The Rays have a 6-9 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 20-8. The Rays have a 21-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 214 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 225.
Tampa Bay and Los Angeles both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Tampa Bay sits at 17th with 160 this season and Los Angeles ranks 20th with 153.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 22-14. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 19-17 record.