Garrett Richards (4-3, 3.12 ERA) and Alex Colome (3-1, 4.55 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (27-24) and the Tampa Bay Rays (26-25) at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 1 and can be seen on SunSports and FSN-W.
Richards pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Padres. Mike Trout (.295, 38 Rs, 12 HRs, 27 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Colome went 5.1 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 7-6 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. David DeJesus (.333, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Rays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a -159 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 -109 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. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Angels, who have a team ERA of only 3.64. The Angels are the third-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.0 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 3.31 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 1.15 for the season.
The Angels have a 19-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Colome takes the mound. Richards (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a 20-17 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 14-10, while Tampa Bay is 10-9.
The Angels managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with a 3-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 3-16. The Angels have a 6-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 16th in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 47 this season. Los Angeles ranks 11th with 50 home runs.
Los Angeles and Tampa Bay both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 15th with 7.78 hits per game and Tampa Bay ranks 12th with 8.10.
Ranking 26th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.673). Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .704.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 11-17, well-matched with the Angels who are 11-20 when allowing at least one homer.