Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/3/14
Los Angeles Angels (65-43) at Tampa Bay Rays (53-56)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 1:40 pm (Tropicana Field)
Jered Weaver (R) (11-6) (3.617) vs. Jake Odorizzi (R) (7-8) (3.801)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -108 / Los Angeles Angels -102 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-W, Sun Sports, TBS
The Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
The Angels have won five of their last eight games and are 21 games above a .500 record. Despite allowing 10 runs in Saturday’s loss, the Angels have allowed three or fewer runs in six of their last 10 games. Overall, the Angels have an ERA of 3.66 and have won six straight when holding a team under four runs. However, the Angels have allowed 13 runs in this series. Offensively, Albert Pujols has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Erick Aybar has gotten on base in eight of his last 10 games. Jered Weaver gets the ball, and he’s 11-6 with a 3.62 ERA and has 114 strikeouts in 144.1 innings. Weaver is 4-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 10 career starts against the Rays.
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The Rays are 10-3 since the All Star break and two games from becoming a .500 team. The difference for the Rays remains their pitching, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in 12 of their last 15 games. Overall, the Rays have an ERA of 3.64 and are 22-1 in their last 23 games when allowing less than four runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has three RBI in this series and Ben Zobrist has six hits in this series. Starting is Jake Odorizzi, who is 7-8 with a 3.80 ERA and has 129 strikeouts in 113.2 innings. This is Odorizzi’s second career start against the Angels.
The Angels are 6-14 in Weavers last 20 starts as an underdog and 63-30 in Weavers last 93 starts overall. The Rays are 4-1 in Odorizzis last 5 home starts and 4-1 in Odorizzis last 5 starts overall.
The Angels have lost Weaver's last four starts against the Rays. With the way Tampa Bay has been playing lately, I'll side with the road team.