Money Line: Los Angeles +115 Tampa Bay -120
Total Line: 7.5
The Los Angeles Angels play Game 2 of a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays this Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The Game is slated to get underway at 7:10 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.Los Angeles comes into this series in last place in the AL West with an overall record of 6-10. The Angels are 4-6 at home but have just two wins in six road games so far. This start has been a far cry from the expectations that were heaped upon this team before the season with the addition of Albert Pujols to the lineup. The All-Star first baseman has only knocked-in four runs and has yet to hit a home run in 65 at-bats.
The Angels will send C.J. Wilson to the mound on Wednesday night. The former Texas Rangers’ starter has been solid out-of-the-gate with a 2-1 record and 2.37 ERA in his first three starts with his new team. The left-hander is a perfect 4-0 against the Rays with an ERA of 2.25.
Tampa Bay has won their last two series to raise its overall record to 9-7; leaving it just one game out of the lead in the AL East. The Rays are under .500 on the road at 4-6 but are an AL-best 5-1 at home heading into Tuesday night’s Game 1.
Jeremy Hellickson will be Tampa Bay’s starter in this one. The right-hander is a perfect 2-0 on the year with an ERA of 3.36 and a 1.34 WHIP in three previous outings. Previously against the Angels, Hellickson is 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA but he did post 11 strikeouts in just 7.2 innings pitched.
The Angels are 6-14 in their last 20 games overall and 1-4 in their last five games on the road. The total has stayed ‘under’ in four of their last five games.
The Rays are 8-2 in Hellickson’s last 10 starts at home and 25-9 in their last 34 home games. The total has gone ‘over’ in seven of their last 11 games overall.
Head-to-head, Los Angeles is 1-4 in the last five meetings but 5-1 in its last six trips to Tampa Bay. The total has stayed ‘under’ in three of the last five games. Stick with Hellickson and the Rays’ positive record at home to carry them to a victory in this one. The Free MLB Pick: Tampa Bay 4 Los Angeles 2