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Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/17/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (19-22) at Los Angeles Angels (25-18)
Date & Time Thursday May 17, 2018, 10:07 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -145 / Tampa Bay Rays +135 --- Over/Under: 8
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MLB | Tampa Bay Rays (19-22) at Los Angeles Angels (25-18)
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels meet Thursday in MLB action at Angel Stadium. 

The Tampa Bay Rays look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Rays have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won four straight games when scoring more than one run. C.J. Cron leads the Rays with 46 hits and 26 RBI while Matt Duffy and Mallex Smith have combined for 75 hits and 23 RBI. Chris Archer gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 5.64 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. Archer is 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Angels have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in each of their last five games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost five of their last seven games when scoring four or less runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 51 hits and 23 RBI while Mike Trout and Justin Upton have combined for 99 hits and 59 RBI. Tyler Skaggs gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. This will be Skaggs’ second career game against the Rays.

The Rays are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series, 2-6 in Archers last 8 road starts and 0-6 in Archers last 6 starts with 4 days of rest. The Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series, 2-6 in Skaggs' last 8 starts with 5 days of rest and 1-4 in Skaggs' last 5 starts. The Rays are 23-9 in the last 32 meetings in Los Angeles, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and 4-1 in Archers last 5 starts vs. Angels.

Archer simply doesn't look like the same pitcher he was a few years ago, allowing 34 runs in 52.2 innings and giving up a .280 batting average. On the road this season in 29 innings, Archer is giving up a 5.90 ERA and a batting average of .300. Just not good stuff. However, the Angels bats have gone ice cold over the last week and Archer still has the ability. At just 29 years old, I doubt you go from being one of the top pitchers in baseball to getting rocked every time you take the mound. Things are bound to turn around eventually. I like the value of the plus money against an ice cold Angels lineup.

Tampa Bay Rays +135

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