Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Preview

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play host to the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field. Fox Sports Sun will showcase this AL matchup. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Rays are 53-52 straight up (SU) and 58-48 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 6.0 units for moneyline bettors and 10.9 units (ATS). Tampa Bay has covered the spread only twice in its last seven games and the total went over in four of those seven. The Angels have gone 54-52 SU this year and are 47-60 ATS. In total, the teams lost 8.4 units for moneyline gamblers and 20.4 units ATS. Los Angeles is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven.

Rays games have had an over/under record of 46-57-3 in 2018. Los Angeles has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 46-53-8.

Tampa Bay’s pitchers have yielded 4.1 runs per game overall this year as a unit. The teams starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.80, a WHIP of 1.20 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.9. The bullpen has a 3.89 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

Tampa Bay’s offense has put up 4.1 runs per contest, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 2.8 per game over its last five. The team has hit .237/.304/.340 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Rays offense has been led by third baseman Matt Duffy and first baseman C.J. Cron. Duffy is slashing .301/.353/.390 with four home runs, 28 RBIs and 34 runs scored, while Cron is batting .251 with 20 homers, 51 RBIs and 48 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Los Angeles pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.79 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.87 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.94, along with a K/9 of 9.02.

Angels hitters have slashed .247/.322/.422 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 8.0 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Right fielder Mike Trout and shortstop Andrelton Simmons continue to lead Los Angeles offense. Trout is hitting .310/.460/.623 with 29 home runs, 59 RBIs, 78 runs and 20 stolen bases, while Simmons is hitting .304/.359/.429 with six homers, 46 RBIs and 52 runs scored.

The Rays have lost 2.7 units and are 38-37 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 36 of those games, compared to 37 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Los Angeles last seven games.
  • The Angels have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.
  • Tampa Bay has recorded 20.9 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 contests and 17.6 over its last five.