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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels - 6/15/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Saturday June 15, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Tropicana Field
Tampa, FL
The Line
Tampa Bay Rays: -1.5 (+100) / Los Angeles Angels: 1.5 (-120)
TV Channel
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The Los Angeles Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays meet in game three of a four game set in MLB action from Tropicana Field on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Friday by a final score of 9-4. Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols and Cesar Puello each had an RBI while Wilfredo Tovar went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and Mike Trout had a two-bagger of his own as well. David Fletcher, Jonathan Lucroy and Luis Rengifo each added base hits to finish off the Angels’ offense as a team in the losing effort. Andrew Heaney gave up one run on two hits over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision, while Ty Buttrey took the loss, falling to 4-3 on the year. Jose Suarez will start game three and is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Suarez’s first career start against Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to build some steam after evening the set up at one win apiece following their victory in game two on Friday. Avisail Garcia, Tommy Pham and Ji-Man Choi each had two RBIs with Choi adding a home run. Yandy Diaz, Kevin Kiermaier and Travis D’Arnaud each had an RBI as well with Diaz going 3 for 4 with a double and D’Arnaud adding a double of his own to finish off Tampa Bay’s scoring as a team in the win. Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe each contributed a double while Joey Wendle added a base knock as well in the victory. Blake Snell gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits while walking four and striking out three, not factoring in the decision, while Emilio Pagan got the win to improve to 2-1 on the year. Charlie Morton will start game three and is 8-0 with a 2.10 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. In his career, Morton is 3-0 with a 4.01 ERA and 26 strikeouts against the Angels.

Los Angeles is 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games and 7-2 in their last 9 games against the AL East while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 game three matchups. Tampa Bay is 4-0 in Morton’s last 4 starts and 16-5 in their last 21 games against the AL West while the under is 4-0 in Morton’s last 4 starts against a team with a losing record.

Heavy plus money can be tempting, but the issue with the Angels here is that Suarez is still finding his footing in the major leagues, and Tampa has quietly been one of the hotter teams in all of MLB up to this point in the year. Morton has also been stellar on the year, and is coming off of back-to-back seven inning shutout performances heading into this start. I’ll side with Tampa Bay to take a series lead behind another strong outing from Morton, and to get rid of the heavy juice, I’ll side with the Rays on the RL here.

Tampa Bay Rays: -1.5 (+100)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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