Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

The Tampa Bay Rays will head west to Angel Stadium of Anaheim to play the Los Angeles Angels. This AL showdown will get going at 10:07 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to Fox Sports Sun.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Vegas has listed Tampa Bay (+140) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-150). The total is sitting at 8 runs and gamblers can take the over for -115 and the under for -105. The games most recent runline odds stand at -155 for taking the Rays +1.5 runs and +135 for the Angels -1.5.

The Angels are 25-18 SU and 22-20 ATS. The team has gained 7.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.6 units against the spread (ATS). The Rays are 19-22 SU and have gone 19-21 ATS. In total, the teams lost 4.7 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 3.2 units ATS.

Angels games have a 21-20-1 over/under record so far in 2018. The Rays have an over/under record of 21-17-2.

Chris Archer is getting the nod for Tampa Bay. The right-handed Archer is 2-3 with a 5.64 ERA and 52 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Angels this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 3.00 ERA and nine strikeouts over six innings).

The Angels are planning to start lefty Tyler Skaggs (3-2, 3.07 ERA), who has 46 strikeouts and 13 walks, as well as a 1.20 WHIP. Skaggs did not record a start against the Rays in 2017.

Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starters own a 4.51 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.01 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.65, along with a K-per-9 of 8.62.

Rays hitters have slashed .262/.333/.399 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.4 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

First baseman C.J. Cron and second baseman Daniel Robertson have led Tampa Bay’s offense. Cron is slashing .289/.339/.522 with 10 home runs, 26 RBIs and 24 runs scored, while Robertson is hitting .260 with three homers, nine RBIs and 16 runs scored.

Cron seemed to enjoy hitting lefties on the road in 2017. Across 46 such plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .244/.261/.600 (his overall season line was .248/.305/.437).

For the home team, Los Angeles pitching staff has given up 4.1 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.77 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.67 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.

The Los Angeles hitters have produced 4.8 runs per outing, including 3.9 per game over its last 10 games and 2.0 per game over their last five. The team has hit .193/.297/.267 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Angels hitters have been led by outfielder Mike Trout and shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Trout is hitting .298/.440/.616 with 12 home runs, 25 RBIs, 34 runs and eight stolen bases, and Simmons has produced a line of .342/.408/.493 with three homers, 23 RBIs, 26 runs and five stolen bases.

Compared to his total season slash line of .306/.442/.629, Trout seemed to enjoy hitting righty pitching at home in 2017, slashing .352/.468/.753 over 203 such plate appearances.

The Rays have gained 1.1 units and are 9-5 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in six of those games, as opposed to seven that’ve gone under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 6.8 units and are 18-15 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs cashed in 17 of those games, compared to 15 that went under the total.

Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in three of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 20.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 14.4 over its last five.
  • The Rays have hit six home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.