Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays continue their chases of their respective division leaders as they meet in Anaheim for game one of their series. The Rays are -145 favorites with an over/under run total set at 7 runs.
The Los Angeles Angels dropped back to .500 and with the teams ahead of them in the American League West, The Texas Rangers and Settle Mariners getting red hot, they are moving in the wrong direction. The Angels are 14-14 at home this season, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and trail the Rangers by four games in the division. As a team Los Angeles is hitting .256 led by Howie Kendrick at .310, Alberto Callespo at .305, Erick Aybar at .302, and Bobby Abreu at .292. The Angeles pitching staff has a respectable ERA of 3.39 with the starters at 3.28 and the bullpen at 3.64. For game one against the Rays Los Angeles starts Tyler Chatwood who has two no decisions in his last two starts. For the season Chatwood has allowed 64 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 29 in 64.1 innings of work.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been bouncing around the standings in the American League East they are currently in third place behind the Yankees and the Red Sox. The Rays are four games back in the standings, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and 16-13 on the road this season. Tampa Bay has a team batting average of .242 led by Matt Joyce at .348, Casey Kotchman at .346, and Johnny Damon at .282. The Rays pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.71 with the starters at 3.82 and the bullpen at 3.41. For game one at the Big A Tampa Bay starts David Price who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Price has allowed 73 hits and 33 earned runs while striking out 76 in 84.1 innings of work.
Los Angeles is 5-0 in their last five game one of a series, 7-3 in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning record, and 1-7 in their last eight games against a left handed starter. Tampa Bay is 3-10 in their last 13 against the AL West, 1-5 in their last six road games, and 8-2 in Price’s last 10 road starts. Tampa Bay is 12-39 in their last 51 games in Los Angeles.
The Rays depend on Price to be their stopper and they need him now worse than ever and I look for him to rise to the challenge and for the Rays to grab the rare win in Anaheim. Take Tampa Bay minus the 145.
Tampa Bay Rays -145 Los Angeles Angels