Nick Tropeano (1-1, 3.42 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (13-17) go up against Matt Andriese (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (14-14) in the last of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The Rays won the last game 4-2, and Tampa Bay leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 3:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 8 and will air on FSW and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Tropeano pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out six and walking five in a 5-4 loss to the Brewers. Mike Trout (.312, 16 Rs, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. This is the first start of the season for Andriese. He pitched 65.2 innings last season, finishing 3-5 with a 4.11 ERA his last start Steven Souza Jr. (.278, 13 Rs, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Rays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Angels -125 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
So far this season, the Rays are 2-0 against the Angels.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
Los Angeles recorded at least two errors for the fourth time this season.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 6-7 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Rays have a slight leg up on the Angels, as the Rays have won their last three games while the Angels have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 9-3. The Angels have a 10-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Los Angeles ranks 24th with 109 runs and Tampa Bay is 27th with 99.
Ranking 28th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 73 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 92.
The Angels are 10-7 when they hit at least one home run. The Rays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 12-9 record.