The MLB is back in action on Thursday as the Tampa Bay Rays will visit the Angel Stadium at Anaheim in Anaheim, California for a clash with the Los Angeles Angels in game one of their four-game series. The Rays will start will start with Chris Archer and the Angels will give the nod to Tyler Skaggs.
Tampa Bay Rays Form
The Tampa Bay Rays are not in a good form this season so far. Moreover, the Rays head into this series with a record of 18-22 for the season so far. If the Rays have any hopes of being apart of the wildcard race, then they will need much more from their offence. Their scoring average in the last nine games stands at just 3.22 runs per game which is one of the main indicators about their bad form this year. The Rays have averaged 4.45 runs per game and have allowed 5.45 runs per game on the road for the season so far.
On the offensive side of the game, Tampa Bay has been below average so far as they are placed on the 17th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.25 runs per game, while also ranking 4th in hitting at .262 and 29th in homers with a total of 36. On the mound, they have a poor stats are they are placed on the 23rd spot in the league in ERA at 4.61, while also ranking 9th in WHIP at 1.27 and 22nd in K’s with 327.
Los Angeles Angels Form
The Los Angeles Angels are in a close race with the Houston Astros for the top spot in the American League West. However, it seems that they are one step behind as they lost the game against Houston on Wednesday with a score of 2-0. The Angels have averaged 4.12 runs per game and have allowed 4.96 runs per game here at home for the season.
On the offensive side of the game, the Angels have a very good stats as they are placed on the 6th spot in the league in scoring, putting up an average of 4.93 runs per game, while also ranking 8th in hitting at .258 and 2nd in homers with a total of 58. On the mound, their stats are average as they are placed on the 11th spot in the league in ERA at 3.82, while also ranking 17th in WHIP at 1.31 and 7th in K’s with 394.
The Rays were the better team last year as they won four of the seven games against the Halos. However, this season the Rays are a weak offensive team and I just can’t see them scoring enough runs to win this game. On the other side, the Angels are in the fight for the top spot in their division and will aim to get something of this game. Their offence is also very good and I expect them to win this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels today on 5/17/2018 is: Take the Los Angeles Angels -160 (money line bet)
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