Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick - 9/4/13
Tampa Bay Rays (75-61) at Los Angeles Angels (64-72)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Jeremy Hellickson (R) (10-8) (5.212) vs. Jered Weaver (R) (9-7) (3.296)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -128 / Tampa Bay Rays +118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SunSports, FS-West
The surging Los Angeles Angels look to rebound from Tuesday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays have been in a slump over the last few weeks and although they are still holding on to second in the American League East, catching the division leading Red Sox has gotten much tougher. Tampa Bay picked up their second win in almost two weeks in a 7-1 rout of the Angels where both the arms and bats were on the same page. Matt Moore sparkled in his first start off the DL with the lone run allowed on four hits and four BB in 5.1 frames to get the win. The Rays 15 hit, seven walk attack took care of the rest with Desmond Jennings and Yunel Escobar going deep while Ben Zobrist doubled in two. Jeremy Hellickson looks to right the ship when he gets the ball to face the Angels on Wednesday. Hellickson was red hot but has been struggling of late with losses in five of six with a no decision mixed in.
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The Angels might be playing their best baseball of the season with the modest goals of holding off Seattle for third in the American League West while possibly reaching the .500 mark on the year. Despite Tuesday's defeat Los Angeles has won eight of ten with the work on the mound and at the plate being above average which needs to continue if this team is going to sniff .500. Tuesday's defeat was one of the few times in the past few weeks where nothing went right and it began with Jason Vargas who was tagged for five runs on ten hits and walked two over four frames. That was game over with the bats mustering only four hits and four free passes with the lone run plated on an error. Jered Weaver toes the rubber versus visiting Tampa Bay on Wednesday in game three of their series. Weaver has won consecutive contests with just a single run given up over 14 innings.
On paper Hellickson has been struggling but he is very capable so the question is can Weaver continue to be his stingy self and at this price I say he is at least worth a look...