Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick - 9/2/13
2013-09-02 08:05:00 EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays stay on the West coast to face the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
Tampa Bay might be in the second spot in the American League East, but if they don’t snap out of the doldrums, the division title will belong to Boston. The Rays need to start hitting and pitching once again, as a 5-1 loss to Oakland was number eight in eleven. This was the definition of pitching by committee, with seven hurlers taking a shot at the Athletics with minimal success. The bats mustered seven hits and walked once, with the lone run coming on James Loney’s 11th homer. Tampa Bay sends a hot Chris Archer to the bump next, hoping he can be the slump-buster versus the Angels. Archer is 2-0 with a no decision the last three times out, where he gave up four runs over 21 innings.
Very little has gone in favor of the Angels in 2013, which has made this team a non-factor in the American League West. However, Los Angeles rallied past the Brewers for the second straight game to sweep the Brew Crew and record their 8th win in nine contests. A four run 7th erased a 3-1 hole and made a winner out of CJ Wilson, who gave up all three runs (two earned) on just three hits and a pair of free passes over six innings of work. The LAA attack consisted of eleven hits and three walks that featured a three-run double by JB Shuck, while Kole Calhoun knocked in two more. Los Angeles sends Garrett Richards to the bump to face Tampa Bay for the second straight time. Richards dropped a 4-1 decision to the Rays, with four runs plated on seven hits and three BB in 3.1 frames
A red-hot Angels squad is facing an ice-cold Tampa Bay, so going with Los Angeles is not easy to do. I like Archer on the mound and hopefully he can control Los Angeles and the Rays rediscover the art of hitting…