Rays at Angels - 5/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (12-14) at Los Angeles Angels (13-15)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
C Archer (1-4) (5.01) vs. G Richards (1-3) (2.34)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels / Tampa Bay Rays --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Rays pitching staff has allowed 20 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their last five games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.67 and are a brutal 2-11 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Logan Forsythe leads Tampa Bay with 29 hits, Evan Longoria has 14 RBI and Steven Souza Jr. has six home runs. Chris Archer gets the nod, and he’s 1-4 with a 5.01 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. Archer is 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
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The Los Angeles Angels also look for consistency after splitting their last 16 games. The Angels offense is leading the way by scoring four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Angels offense has been hit or miss this season but they have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Los Angeles with 33 hits, Mike Trout has 22 RBI and Albert Pujols has six home runs. Garrett Richards takes the hill, and he’s 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Richards is 3-1 with a 4.22 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 6-15 in their last 21 games following an off day and 3-7 in Archers last 10 starts. The Angels are 11-3 in their last 14 games following an off day and 0-4 in their last 4 Friday games. The Rays are 18-8 in the last 26 meetings in Los Angeles.
While the Angels are tough to beat at home and the offense has picked up big time recently, Archer is still one of the top pitchers in baseball and is due for a solid outing here. I'll side with the Rays to steal this road game.