Getting the start for the Rays (74-50, 34-28 away) will be Tyler Glasnow against Chase Silseth for the Angels (60-63, 31-29 home). Today marks game two of their series, with the Rays currently holding the 1-0 lead. Read on to see my best bet for this Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels matchup.
TAMPA BAY RAYS VS LOS ANGELES ANGELS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -130
This game will be played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim at 4:07 ET on Saturday, August 19th.
WHY BET THE TAMPA BAY RAYS:
- The Rays head into the game having won two straight games.
- As the favorite on the road, the Rays’ win streak currently stands at two games.
- Over his last two starts, Tyler Glasnow has an ERA of just 1.39.
TAMPA BAY RAYS ON A RUNLINE WIN STREAK
This season, the Rays have played a total of 39 series and are above .500 at 22-12-5. On the road, Tampa Bay is 34-28 and 40-22 at home. Their overall record of 74-50 has the Rays sitting 2nd in the AL East.
Tampa Bay will look to Tyler Glasnow for another strong performance, as he has earned a victory in his last three outings. The right-hander currently holds an ERA of 3.01 and a 6-3 record. In 2023, Glasnow has tallied 103 strikeouts and allowed hitters to post a .191 batting average against him. Opposing batters have managed a .337 slugging percentage against the Rays’ hurler.
Tyler Glasnow earned the win in a 10-2 rout of the Giants, delivering a quality start with one run and three hits allowed over six innings.
Having gone deep 4 times in their last five games, the Rays are 7th in that span. At 5.2 runs per game, Tampa Bay is 4th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .257 while hitting a total of 177 home runs (4th).
Yandy Díaz has been a key contributor to the Tampa Bay offense this season, boasting a .322 batting average and .504 slugging percentage. Over the past ten games, he has been particularly impressive, leading the team in hits with a .311 average.
WILL THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
123 games into the season, the Angels have a record of 60-63, putting them 4th in the AL West. This mark includes an overall series 17-20-2. At home, they are 31-29 compared to 29-34 on the road.
Today marks Chase Silseth’s 14th outing of the season, and he has been impressive with a 4-1 record. His ERA is 3.27, and opposing batters have only managed a .276 OBP against him. He has also struck out 46 hitters while maintaining a WHIP of 1.21. On the road, his ERA is an even more impressive 3.09, although his home ERA stands at 5.04.
Chase Silseth earned a victory in his most recent outing, limiting the Astros to four hits and no runs as the Angels emerged victorious 2-1.
Over their last five games, the Angels are ranked 19th in the league in scoring at 2.6 runs per game. Their season-long scoring average of 4.8 per contest puts them 9th in baseball. In terms of on-base percentage, Los Angeles is 9th, with an OBP currently sitting at .324. The team’s collective batting average is .250 (13th).
Shohei Ohtani has been a key contributor to the Angels’ offensive success in 2023. The two-way star is currently batting .308 with 89 RBIs and an impressive 43 home runs.