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Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/15/14

Tampa Bay Rays (17-23) at Los Angeles Angels (20-18)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)

Erik Bedard (L) (2-1) (3.648) vs. Tyler Skaggs (L) (3-1) (4.138)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels -130 / Tampa Bay Rays +120 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: Sun Sports, FSN-W

The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels will begin a four-game series on Thursday night.

The Rays just took two of three games from the Seattle Mariners, but have lost six of their last nine games overall. While the Rays pitching has been a disappointment all season, it’s actually their offense that has scored three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. Still, the Rays have the 23rd worst ERA in all of baseball. Offensively, Matt Joyce has five RBI in as many games and David DeJesus has gotten on base at least once in 10 straight games. Erik Bedard will get the start Thursday, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. Bedard is 4-5 with a 4.45 ERA in 10 career starts against the Angels.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/15/14

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The Angels have won five of their last six games and are three games above a .500 record. The Angels offense continues to put up impressive numbers, scoring four or more runs in four of their last six games and putting together a 19-4 record when scoring more than three runs. Mike Trout has gotten on base in nine straight games and Erick Aybar has eight hits in his last five games. Taking the mound will be Tyler Skaggs, who is 3-1 with a 4.14 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 45.2 innings. This will be Skaggs’ first career game against the Rays.   

The Rays are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog. The Angels are 5-0 in Skaggs' last 5 starts as a favorite and 6-1 in Skaggs' last 7 starts. The Rays are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles. 

With the way the Angels have been playing and the fact they return home, you have to like them in this spot. The Rays have been too inconsistent and their offense has been in a bit of a slump. Take the Angels and the small juice. 

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Los Angeles Angels -130

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