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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/14

Los Angeles Angels (63-43) at Tampa Bay Rays (53-55)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Matt Shoemaker (R) (7-2) (3.897) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (R) (0-0) (1.000)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -110 / Los Angeles Angels +100 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-W, Sun Sports

The Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series on Friday.

The Angels have won five of their last eight games and are 21 games above a .500 record. Despite the great record, the Angels offense has been really struggling lately, scoring just three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Ironically, the Angels have won six of their last 10 games when scoring less than four runs. David Freese is coming off a four-hit game and Mike Trout has seven hits in his last nine games. Pitching wise, the Angels have an ERA of 3.73. Starting is Matt Shoemaker, who is 8-3 with a 4.13 ERA and has 77 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. This is Shoemaker’s second career game against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/14

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The Rays are 9-2 since the All Star break and two games within a .500 record. The difference for the Rays in the second half of the season has been their pitching staff, as they’ve allowed three or fewer runs in 11 of their last 13 games. Overall, the Rays have an ERA of 3.62 and have won 21 of their last 22 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, James Loney has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Ben Zobrist has a six-game hitting streak. Jeremy Hellickson takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA and has sevens strikeouts in nine innings. Hellickson is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five career games against the Angels.

The Angels are 5-1 in Shoemakers last 6 starts as an underdog and 9-3 in Shoemakers last 12 starts overall. The Rays are 12-4 in Hellicksons last 16 starts as a home favorite and 5-5 in Hellicksons last 20 home starts. The Angels are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Angels struggling offense is going to catch up to them eventually. Why not on the road against a solid Rays pitcher on the mound?

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Tampa Bay Rays -110

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