Jered Weaver (3-1, 5.40 ERA) and Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.12 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (13-16) and the Tampa Bay Rays (13-14) at Angel Stadium. The Rays won the last game 5-2, and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 7 and can be seen on FSW and SUN.
Weaver pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering seven runs, striking out three and walking two in an 8-5 defeat to the Brewers. Kole Calhoun (.305, 13 Rs, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Odorizzi went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking two in a 5-1 defeat to the Blue Jays in his most recent start. Logan Forsythe (.316, 16 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Rays, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Los Angeles and Tampa Bay are Rays -125, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Rays have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
When leading after seven innings, Tampa Bay is 6-3, while Los Angeles is 7-6.
The Rays managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are heading in with an 8-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 8-3. The Angels have a 10-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Los Angeles and Tampa Bay both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Los Angeles sits at 23rd with 107 runs this season and Tampa Bay ranks 26th with 95.
Ranking 28th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 71 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 90.
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 an 11-9 record.