Thursday, July 7, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Hector Santiago vs. Blake Snell
The Los Angeles Angels visit Tropicana Field on Thursday to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are Hector Santiago for the Angels and Blake Snell for the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +105 and Tampa Bay at -115. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Angels have a 34-49-3 over/under record and a 41-45-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Rays are 34-49-0 against the run line and have a 38-40-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 41% of the time.
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The Angels head into this matchup with a 34-50 record, including 18-24 on the road. Starting pitcher Hector Santiago has a 5-4 record with an earned run average of 4.93 and a WHIP of 1.34. He has 77 strikeouts over his 91.1 innings pitched and he has given up 82 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.35. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.06 and they have given up 276 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the bullpen while being struck out 217 times and walking 101 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.26 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.41 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.39. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 784 base hits and 379 earned runs. They have allowed 109 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 269 batters and struck out 591. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.69.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .238, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .244 average away from home. The Angels hold a .387 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 28th in baseball with 7.95 hits per game. Mike Trout comes into this game hitting .324 and his on-base percentage is at .426. He has 99 hits this season along with 60 runs scored and 54 runs batted in. He's struck out 65 times and has walked 54 times. Kole Calhoun is hitting .285 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 91 hits so far while scoring 49 runs and he's driven in 45. He has walked 32 times and has struck out 63 times. The Angels have 769 hits, including 152 doubles and 83 home runs. They've stolen 31 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 17 times. Los Angeles has walked 242 times this season and they've struck out 497 times as a unit. They've left 562 men on base and have a team OPS of .740. They score 4.5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 378 runs so far this year.
Tampa Bay comes into this matchup with a 18-26 home record and a 34-49 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.86, Blake Snell has a 1-3 record and a 1.71 WHIP. He has 20 strikeouts over the 25.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 29 hits. He has allowed 10.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.87. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.94 and they have given up 264 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 219 times and walking 92 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 9.09 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.61 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.58. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 739 base knocks and 372 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 112 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 254 hitters and struck out 700. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 4.37.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .232 average at home. The Rays hold a .425 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.14 hits per contest. Evan Longoria comes into this matchup batting .277 and he has an OBP of .329. He has 89 hits this year along with 45 runs scored and 45 RBI. He's struck out 78 times and has walked on 25 occasions. Logan Forsythe is hitting .298 and he has an OBP of .360. He has collected 64 hits so far while he's scored 31 runs and drove in 19. He has earned a walk 18 times and has punched out 50 times. The Rays as a unit have 676 base hits, including 146 doubles and 113 homers. They have 28 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 20 times. Tampa Bay as a team has walked 244 times this year and they have struck out 761 times. They've had 557 men left on base and have an OPS of .733. They score 4.04 runs per game and have totaled 335 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 34-49-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 41-45-0 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 38-40-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 34-49-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
07/06/16 LF Daniel Nava Knee "?" Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
07/05/16 LF Shane Robinson Ankle injured last game, "?" Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
06/14/16 P Cory Rasmus Groin 15-day DL (6/14)
06/01/16 2B Cliff Pennington Hamstring 15-day DL (6/1)
05/18/16 C Geovany Soto Knee 15-day DL (5/17)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
05/02/16 LF Craig Gentry Back 60-day DL (4/26)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Elbow 60-day DL (4/4), out for season
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
Tampa Bay Rays
07/06/16 RF Steven Souza Hamstring "?" Wednesday vs. Los Angeles Angels
07/04/16 LF Desmond Jennings Hamstring 15-day DL (7/1)
06/21/16 CF Mike Mahtook Hand 15-day DL (6/21)
06/21/16 2B Steve Pearce Hamstring 15-day DL (6/21)
06/02/16 P Brad Boxberger Oblique 15-day DL (6/1)
05/23/16 CF Kevin Kiermaier Hand 15-day DL (5/22)
04/10/16 P Chase Whitley Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Alex Cobb Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Angels
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