Hector Santiago (4-3, 2.18 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (28-25) square off against Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.32 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (27-26) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The Rays won the last game 6-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 3 and can be seen on SunSports and FSN-W.
Santiago pitched 7.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 2-0 win over the Tigers. Albert Pujols (.254, 28 Rs, 14 HRs, 27 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Karns went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 2-1 defeat to the Orioles in his last outing. Logan Forsythe (.288, 22 Rs, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -133 favorite against Tampa Bay and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Angels have an overall money line of +104 and a record as the favorite of 17-14. Opposing offenses have been stifled by the Angels, who have a team ERA of only 3.58. The Angels are the third-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 7.9 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Tampa Bay has a 14-14 record and an overall money line of -134. Tampa Bay's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.42 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Rays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.16 for the season.
The Angels have a 20-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Karns takes the mound. Santiago (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a 6-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 14-10, while Tampa Bay is 10-9.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Angels are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rays have an 11-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 3-17. The Angels have a 6-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 13th in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 49 this season. Los Angeles ranks 10th with 55 home runs.
Los Angeles and Tampa Bay both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 15th with 7.87 hits per game and Tampa Bay ranks 12th with 8.19.
Ranking 24th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.678). Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .699.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 12-18, well-matched with the Angels who are 12-21 when allowing at least one homer.