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Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/16/14

Tampa Bay Rays (18-23) at Los Angeles Angels (21-18)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)

Chris Archer (R) (2-2) (5.161) vs. Jered Weaver (R) (4-2) (3.219)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels -138 / Tampa Bay Rays +128 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: Sun Sports, FSN-W

The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels will play game two of four on Friday night.

With the 6-5 loss on Thursday, the Rays have lost eight of their last 12 games and are now six games below a .500 record. The Rays pitching rotation is simply terrible, allowing five or more runs in four of their last seven games and giving up a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth to lose the first game against the Angels. The Rays are 4-20 when allowing more than three runs this season. Chris Archer hopes to turn things around, and he’s 2-2 with a 5.16 ERA and has 36 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. Archer is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in two career starts against the Angels.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/16/14

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The Angels have won six of their last seven games and are gaining ground in the AL West. Getting a heavy dose of offense, the Angels have scored no less than three runs in seven straight games and put together an improbable rarely against the Rays due to a Mike Trout homerun. Trout now have eight RBI in his last nine games. The Angels pitching has also been a little more consistent during this stretch, allowing more than three runs just twice. Jered Weaver will start Friday, and he’s 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA and has 40 strikeouts in 50.1 innings. Weaver is 4-3 with a 3.92 ERA in nine career starts against the Rays. 

The Rays are 4-0 in Archer's last 4 starts as an underdog and 4-13 in their last 17 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Angels are 49-17 in Weaver's last 66 starts as a favorite and 53-25 in Weaver's last 78 starts overall. The Angels are 1-4 in Weaver's last 5 starts vs. Rays. 

Do you trust the Rays pitching at this point? Yeah. Me neither. Take the Angels and never mind the juice. 

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Los Angeles Angels -138

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