Last Updated: 2019-06-14
Avisail Garcia and the Tampa Bay Rays are trying to stave off their fourth straight loss as they play host to the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field. Fox Sports Sun will televise this AL matchup. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds
Oddsmakers are listing Los Angeles (+165) as the underdog to Tampa Bay (-175). If you think this game’s total will go under 7.5 runs, Vegas is currently offering -115 odds. Taking the over will give you -105 odds. This game currently has a runline of Angels +1.5 (-135) and Rays -1.5 (+115).
The Rays are 41-27 straight up (SU) and 39-28 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 3.1 units for moneyline bettors and 9.2 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in six of those seven. The Angels have gone 34-35 SU this year and are 36-32 ATS. They’re down 4.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline, but have gained 4.9 units ATS. Los Angeles is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.
Tampa Bay games have an over/under record of 26-37-4 so far in 2019. The Angels have an over/under record of 30-32-6.
The southpaw Andrew Heaney will get the nod for Los Angeles. Heaney (0-1, 5.40 ERA) has racked up 28 strikeouts in 16.2 innings so far. This is his first outing against Tampa Bay this year. He did make two starts against the team in 2018, putting together a 0-2 record with a 3.00 ERA and 12 strikeouts.
The Rays will deploy lefty Blake Snell (4-5, 3.50 ERA) to the mound. Snell has 98 strikeouts and 20 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.10. Snell only made one start against the Angels in 2018 (1-0, 2.70 ERA and eight strikeouts across 6.2 innings).
As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have given up 3.3 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 2.61, a WHIP of 0.99 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.1. The bullpen has a 3.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.
The Tampa Bay offense has produced 4.7 runs per outing, including 4.5 per game over its last 10 games and 4.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .274/.328/.434 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.
Outfielders Avisail Garcia and Tommy Pham have led the Rays’ hitters this year. Garcia is slashing .300/.356/.500 with 11 home runs, 29 RBIs, 34 runs and six stolen bases, and Pham is hitting .291 with nine homers, 28 RBIs, 28 runs and six stolen bases.
For the visiting squad, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 5.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.53 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 8.41 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.46, along with a WHIP of 1.34.
Angels hitters have slashed .257/.339/.435 on their way to 5.1 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).
Los Angeles’ offensive production has been powered by second baseman Tommy La Stella and outfielder David Fletcher. La Stella is slashing .304/.361/.531 with 15 home runs, 39 RBIs and 40 runs scored, while Fletcher (.306/.361/.432) is up to four homers, 23 RBIs and 32 runs scored.
The Angels have lost 8.2 units and are 12-14 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in nine of those games, compared to 15 that’ve hit the under against lefties. On the other hand, the Rays have netted 3.6 units and are 15-7 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in six of those games, compared to 16 which went under the total.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER
Los Angeles has logged 22 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Tampa Bay has 12 XBH over its last five.
The Angels have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
The Angels have a team OPS of .774 this season, including an OPS of .749 against left-handed pitchers. The Rays’ OPS stands at .774 overall and .738 against lefties.
Tampa Bay has posted 24.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 23.2 over its last five.
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