C.J. Wilson (3-3, 3.18 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (28-24) square off against Chris Archer (5-4, 2.12 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (26-26) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 7-3, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 2 and can be seen on SunSports and FSN-W.
Wilson is 5-3 with a 3.67 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 78 strikeouts against the Rays. Albert Pujols (.254, 27 Rs, 13 HRs, 26 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. Against the Angels, Archer is 3-1 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts.
Los Angeles is a -123 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 +four and a record as the favorite of 16-14. The Angels have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.9 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Angels, who have a team ERA of only 3.59. 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 14-13 record and an overall money line of -34. Tampa Bay's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.34 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 1.17 for the season.
The Angels have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Angels have a 19-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Archer takes the mound. Wilson (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.
The Angels are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 9-6 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 3-17. The Angels have a 6-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 16th in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 48 this season. Los Angeles ranks 11th with 54 home runs.
Los Angeles and Tampa Bay both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 15th with 7.80 hits per game and Tampa Bay ranks 11th with 8.24.
Ranking 24th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.681). Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .702.
The Rays are 11-18 when they allow at least one home run. The Angels perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 12-20 record.