Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 23 (8/23): MLB

Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 23 (8/23): MLB

Credit: photo by Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:10 p.m. EST
Angels money line +144
Angels run line +1.5 (-150)
Rays money line -175
Rays run line -1.5 (+130)
Over / under 7

 

Key stats

  Los Angeles Angels Tampa Bay Rays
Record 52-70 66-55
Road / home record 26-34 39-23
Last 10 record 3-7 8-2
Streak L3 W3
Over / under record 53-61-8 54-59-8
Runs / game 3.83 4.13
Runs allowed / game 4.20 3.85

 

Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels will play the 2nd game of the series at the Tropicana Field on Tuesday. The Rays took the win 2-1 in the first game of the series. Randy Arozarena hit a tiebreaking home run in the fifth inning enough to win the game.

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels get here with a 52-70 record and have lost 6 of their last 7 games. The team is averaging 3.83 runs per game. They're batting for .227 AVG, 459 runs scored in 911 hits and 133 home runs, ranking #24 in offense in the league tied with the Tampa Bay Rays. Shohei Ohtani leads the team with a .265 avg, 27 home runs and 72 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.20 runs per game and rank #14 in the league. Shohei Ohtani leads the pitching staff with a 2.83 ERA, 167 strikeouts and 10 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher:

Jose Suarez (4-5, 4.12 ERA) will be on the mound for the Angels in the 2nd game of the series. Suarez took the loss in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Mariners, giving three runs on four hits and striking out five batters in 5.1 innings. He is 1-1 with an ERA of 5.14 and 4 strikeouts in 2 appearances versus the Rays in his career.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays get here with a 66-55 record and have won 8 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 4.13 runs per game. They're batting for .238 AVG, 495 runs scored in 957 hits and 107 home runs, ranking #23 in offense in the league behind the Seattle Mariners. Isaac Paredes leads the team in home runs with 13 while Yandy Diaz is batting for .299 and Randy Arozarena is leading in RBI's with 40.

Defensively they are allowing 3.85 runs per game and rank #5 in the league. Shane McClanahan leads the pitching staff with a 2.29 ERA, 173 strikeouts and 11 wins recorded with the Rays.

Probable Pitcher:

Corey Kluber (7-7, 4.33 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rays in the 2nd game of the series. In his six innings of work against the Yankees on Wednesday, Kluber did not affect the outcome. He gave up two runs on four hits and one walk. He got eight outs. He has a record of 3-3 with an ERA of 4.97 and 47 strikeouts in 9 appearances against the Angels in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

LA Angels are 3-10 SU in their last 13 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay.

LA Angels are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the American League.

Tampa Bay Rays are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games against LA Angels.

Tampa Bay Rays are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.

Prediction

The Angels continue to struggle offensively as they have average only 1 run per game in their last 4 games. They'll send Jose Suarez to start this game who has been solid lately allowing only 3 runs in his last 22.2 inninigs pitched and the Angels have won in 3 of his last 4 starts. Corey Kluber willl take the mound for the Rays who has been up and down this season and was pounded by the Angels the last time. With Kluber struggling the Angels should get from him some runs but the Rays will respond as well so the best play is the over.

PICK: Over 7 (-110)

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