Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Pick - 8/28/13
Los Angeles Angels (59-71) at Tampa Bay Rays (75-55)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Garrett Richards (R) (3-3) (3.857) vs. Chris Archer (R) (7-5) (2.926)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -161 / Los Angeles Angels +151 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-West, SunSports
The Los Angeles Angels continue their series with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
Don't look now, but the Angels have started to play good baseball, unfotunately for them, it's simply too late to make a difference as far as the postseason is concerned. Los Angeles picked up number four in a row following a 6-5 come from behind decision over the playoff hopeful Rays. The offense and pitching looked out of sync early before the bats exploded late, as starter CJ Wilson was charged with three runs over five innings before Cory Rasmus allowed two more. The bats posted ten hits and walked six times, with Mike Trout going deep, while Erick Aybar drove in four. Garrett Richards is scheduled to be on the mound to face Tampa Bay. Richards dominated Seattle in a 2-0 victory last time out, with four hits and a pair of walks issued over seven innings pitched.
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Tampa Bay has been in and out of the lead in the American League East and, right now, it's out with Boston on a small run and the Rays on a three game slide after losing on Tuesday. The key now for Tampa Bay is not to let this turn in to a slump because their division title hopes will be gone if things go that way. Tueday's contest appeared to be headed for the win column with a 5-1 lead before the work on the mound crashed. Roberto Hernandez allowed three runs over six innings before Jake McGee gave up one and Fernando Rodney two in the 9th to take the loss. The bats pounded out ten hits and walked nine times, with Jose Molina and James Loney combining for five RBI's. Right-hander Chris Archer draws Wednesday's assignment on the mound versus the Angels. Archer has been in top form in his last two outings, with a combined three runs given up on eight hits and two BB in 14 frames.
Tough call...would you back the Angels who are playing well, but have been awful for the most part or take the better team with big juic? I'd probably do something small on the Rays or walk away...