Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Pick 8/27/13
2013-08-27 06:10:00 EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels face off on Tuesday in Tampa Bay for game one of their East meets West series.
The Tampa Bay Rays have had their chances to take control of the American League East this season but every time they have gotten to the lead or close they seem to trip over themselves and remain behind the Red Sox. The Rays are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 43-24 at home this season, and they are 1.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East standings but they have the lead for the first AL Wildcard spot. As a team the Rays are hitting .261 with James Loney hitting .303, Wil Myers hitting .296, and Evan Longoria hitting .273. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.79 with the starters at 3.87 and the bullpen at 3.61. For game one against the Angels the Rays start Roberto Hernandez who has lost his last two starts. For the season Hernandez has allowed 144 hits and 73 earned runs while striking out 96 over 131.2 innings for a 6-13 record and a 4.99 ERA.
The Los Angeles Angels are one of the more disappointing teams in baseball this year as a high payroll has yielded poor results. The Angels are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 27-34 on the road this season, and they are 16.5 games back in the AL West. As a team the Angels are hitting.264 with Mike Trout hitting .330, Howie Kendrick hitting .301, and J.B. Shuck hitting .292. The Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 4.41 with the starters at 4.41 and the bullpen at 4.42. For game one at Tampa Bay the Angels start C.J. Wilson who has been one of the brighter spots on the team this year. For the season Wilson has allowed 162 hits and 61 earned runs while striking out 51 over 166 innings for a 13-6 record and a 3.30 ERA.
Tampa Bay is 20-6 in their last 26 home games, 4-1 in their last five games against the AL West, and 4-1 in Hernandez’s last five starts. Los Angeles is 4-0 in their last four road games, 6-16 as an underdog, and 6-1 Wilson’s last seven road starts. Los Angeles is 3-13 in the last 16 meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at eight and it sets up to be going over that number and the over is my Free Pick. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will give out that winner in the Premium Area.