Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 24 (8/24): MLB

Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 24 (8/24): MLB

Credit: photo by Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:10 p.m. EST
Angels money line +215
Angels run line +1.5 (-105)
Rays money line -265
Rays run line -1.5 (-115)
Over / under 7

 

Key stats

  Los Angeles Angels Tampa Bay Rays
Record 52-71 67-55
Road / home record 26-35 40-23
Last 10 record 3-7 8-2
Streak L4 W4
Over / under record 54-61-8 55-59-8
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 3rd game of the series at the Tropicana Field on Wednesday. The Rays outscored the Angels 11-1 in the second game of the series. Christian Bethancourt had two run-scoring hits in the same inning and later moved from behind the plate to the mound to pitch a scoreless ninth inning win the game.

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels get here with a 52-71 record and have lost 7 of their last 8 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:

Mike Mayers (1-0, 5.22 ERA) will be on the mound for the Angels in the 3rd game of the series. Mayers is presumably stepping into the rotation spot of Touki Toussaint, who could work out of the bullpen for the time being after being blasted for four earned runs on three hits and four walks in 2.2 innings in his last start Aug. 17 against the Mariners. He has a 0-1 record with an ERA of 15.00 and 5 strikeouts in 3 appearances versus the Rays in his career.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays get here with a 67-55 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:

Shane McClanahan (11-5, 2.29 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rays in the 3rd game of the series. McClanahan pitched seven innings against the Royals on Friday, surrendering two runs on two hits while striking out eight and walking three. He did not factor in the decision. He is 1-0 with an ERA of 1.59 and 23 strikeouts in 3 appearances against the Angels in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

LA Angels are 3-11 SU in their last 14 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay.

LA Angels are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the American League.

Tampa Bay Rays are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games against LA Angels.

Tampa Bay Rays are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home.

Prediction

The Angels continue to struggle offensively as they have average only 1 run per game in their last 5 games and they'll now have to face one of the best pitchers in the American League. Shane McClanahan is having a great season and has dominated the Angels in his career holding a 1.59 ERA against them. Mike Mayers will take the mound for the Angels who has rocked by the Mariners in his last appearence. The Rays will dominate again on this game and will win by multiple runs.

PICK: Rays -1.5 (-115)

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