The Tampa Bay Rays are keeping in step with the high-powered New York Yankees in the American League East division. They will look to add to their wins total when they host Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field starting this Thursday. The Rays are +1500 to win the World Series. The Angels are very far from the top of the AL West, which is a shame because they are wasting another great year from Trout. The Halos have long odds of +12500 to win the World Series this year.
Game by Game Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Angels vs Tampa Bay Rays Regular-Season Series Running from June 13-16 2019
Where: Tropicana Field, Saint Petersburg
Game 1 Thursday, June 13, 7:10 PM EST
Game 2 Friday, June 14, 7:10 PM EST
Game 3 Saturday, June 15, 1:00 PM EST
Game 4 Sunday, June 16, 1:10 PM EST
Line: Los Angeles Angels vs Tampa Bay Rays – view all MLB lines
Starters: Tyler Skaggs (4-6, 4.97 ERA) vs. TBA
Skaggs hasn’t been smooth on the mound of late. He’s gone 0-2 in his last two starts, during which he allowed nine earned runs on 11 hits in 11.0 total innings. The lefty Skaggs is 2-4 with a 6.23 ERA in six road starts this season. The Rays have the lowest starters ERA (2.57)in the majors this season as of this writing.
Mike Trout is batting .333 with six homers at Tropicana Field in career, as of this writing.
Guillermo Heredia is 4-for-8 in career vs. Skaggs.
Prediction: Rays win, 5-3.
Starters: Andrew Heaney (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Blake Snell (4-5, 3.50 ERA)
Pitching: Heaney picked up a loss in his last start, as he allowed five earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of a 6-2 home loss to the Seattle Mariners on Jun. 7. He will look to get his first win this season when he takes on the Rays, who will have Snell on the mound. Snell bounced back from a bad performance in a 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on the road by tossing 6.0 innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Jun. 9. Snell is 2-3 with a 2.91 ERA in six home starts this season.
The current Angels hitting lineup has a career batting average of .276 vs. Snell.
Avisail Garcia is 3-for-8 with a double in career vs. Heaney.
Prediction: Rays win, 5-2.
Starters: José Suarez (1-1, 4.35 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (7-0, 2.30 ERA)
The southpaw Suarez got called up (again) and made a spot start on Jun. 9 against the Seattle Mariners, allowing just two earned runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of a 9-3 loss at home. He will make another start this weekend against the Rays, who will have veteran Charlie Morton on the mound. Morton has been consistently delivering the goods for Tampa Bay. The Rays are 3-0 in his last three starts, which includes a clean outing against the Detroit Tigers on Jun. 5, when he allowed zero runs and five hits in 7.0 innings of a 4-0 road win.
Albert Pujols is 7-for-30 in career vs. Morton.
Yandy Diaz is batting .333 against lefties this season, as of this writing.
Prediction: Rays win, 6-3.
Starters: Griffin Canning (2-2, 3.52 ERA) vs. TBA
Canning had two straight starts of allowing just an earned run each, a streak that got snapped on Jun. 4, when he allowed four earned runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings of a 4-2 home loss to the Oakland A’s. He is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and .200 opponents batting average in three road starts this season. The Rays’ starting rotation are currently 11th in the majors with 5.33 run support per nine innings.
Travis d’Arnaud is batting .500 this June, as of this writing.
Mike Trout is 9-for-30 with four homers this June, as of this writing.
Prediction: Angels win, 5-4.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
Rays win three of four in the series.
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