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Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (49-43) at Los Angeles Angels (45-49)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm (Angel Stadium)

C Archer (7-5) (4.02) vs. () ()

The Line: Los Angeles Angels / Tampa Bay Rays --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, FSW

The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels meet Sunday in MLB action at Angel Stadium. 

The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Rays have scored eight runs in this series and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 111 hits and 42 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 177 hits and 112 RBI. Chris Archer gets the ball, and he is 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA and 147 strikeouts this season. Archer is 5-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.    

Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Angels could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Angels allowed six runs in Saturday’s loss and five or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost nine straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 99 hits and 39 RBI while Kole Calhoun and Yunel Escobar have combined for 165 hits and 66 RBI. Parker Bridwell gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Bridwell’s first career game against the Rays.

The Rays are 1-4 in Archers last 5 starts with 6 days of rest, 4-1 in Archers last 5 road starts and 5-1 in Archers last 6 starts. The Angels are 10-1 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Rays are 22-8 in the last 30 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-0 in Archers last 4 starts vs. Angels.

Chris Archer hasn't given us that one gem of a game that he's capable of providing, but the Rays have still won seven of the last nine games he's pitched. Archer has also had a great deal of career success against these Angels. Bridwell has an ERA of 4.60 at home this season and has given up 15 hits in his last 12 innings. The Rays are one of those teams that's starting to gain confidence as they create some distance in the wild card race. I like the sweep here behind their ace. 

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