Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays 8/1/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/31/2014
Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:10 PM on FSW, SUN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Los Angeles Angels - Shoemaker, M (8-3) vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Hellickson, J (0-0)
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Friday night, Matt Shoemaker (8 - 3, 4.13 ERA) takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels as they face Jeremy Hellickson (0 - 0, 1.00 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays. Shoemaker will make his 12th start and 18th appearance as Hellickson makes his 3rd start.
Matt Shoemaker earned the victory in his last start behind 7 innings of shutout ball. He gave up 3 hits without walking a batter while striking out 5. It was the 3rd straight appearance where Shoemaker didn't issue any free passes. And he has been on a nice run as of late with a 5 - 2 record in his last 7 starts. Before getting called up to the Majors, Shoemaker was 1 - 0 with a 6.31 ERA in 5 starts at Triple-A.
Shoemaker has a start under his belt this season against the Rays and he did well in that outing. He got the win after giving up a run on 2 hits in 6 innings.
Jeremy Hellickson didn't get the decision in his last start but his results were very good for a pitcher making just his 2nd start of the season. Hellickson didn't allow a run in his 4.2 innings of work and surrendered just 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. His recovery from elbow surgery prevented Hellickson from seeing any action earlier in the season but it's expected that he will get enough opportunities to get back in the groove as the 2nd half rolls on. Last season, Hellickson was 12 -10 with a 5.17 ERA in 31 starts and a relief appearance.
Hellickson only faced the Angels once in 2013, but he got the win after holding Los Angeles to just 4 hits in 5.1 innings of work.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
Los Angeles Angels are 53-47-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Los Angeles Angels is 0.9
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 51-51-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Tampa Bay Rays is 0
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
07/24/14 2B Grant Green Back 15-day DL (7/20)
07/13/14 CF Collin Cowgill Thumb 15-day DL (7/12)
07/10/14 P CJ Wilson Ankle 15-day DL (7/10)
05/28/14 P Sean Burnett Elbow 15-day DL (5/29), out for season
05/12/14 3B Ian Stewart Hand 15-day DL (5/11)
04/17/14 P Ryan Brasier Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Brian Moran Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Tampa Bay Rays
07/18/14 C Ryan Hanigan Oblique 15-day DL (7/9)
06/24/14 LF Jerry Sands Wrist 15-day DL (6/22), out for season
06/19/14 LF David DeJesus Hand 15-day DL (6/19)
06/01/14 RF Wil Myers Wrist 60-day DL (5/31)
04/08/14 P Matt Moore Elbow 60-day DL (4/8), out for season
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 60-day DL (3/30)
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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