Friday, May 6, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Archer vs. Cory Rasmus
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Angel Stadium on Friday to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Chris Archer for the Rays and Cory Rasmus for the Angels. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +120 and Los Angeles at -130. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Rays have a 7-16-3 over/under record and a 11-15-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 42% of the time. The Angels are 12-16-0 against the run line and have a 11-15-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
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The Rays head into this matchup with a 12-14 record, including 3-5 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Archer has a 1-4 record with an earned run average of 5.01 and a WHIP of 1.58. He has 43 strikeouts over his 32.1 innings pitched and he has given up 36 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.62. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.62 and they have given up 63 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen while being struck out 65 times and walking 27 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.61 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.05 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.67. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 195 base hits and 94 earned runs. They have allowed 33 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 68 batters and struck out 232. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.14 and their FIP as a unit is 3.87.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .224, good for 29th in the league while putting together a .241 average away from home. The Rays hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .292 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 29th in baseball with 7.35 hits per game. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .245 and his on-base percentage is at .286. He has 26 hits this season along with 14 runs scored and 14 runs batted in. He's struck out 24 times and has walked 5 times. Logan Forsythe is hitting .312 and he has an on-base percentage of .402. He has totaled 29 hits so far while scoring 15 runs and he's driven in 10. He has walked 13 times and has struck out 24 times. The Rays have 191 hits, including 46 doubles and 34 home runs. They've stolen 12 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 6 times. Tampa Bay has walked 67 times this season and they've struck out 244 times as a unit. They've left 169 men on base and have a team OPS of .692. They score 3.46 runs per contest and have scored a total of 90 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 6-6 home record and a 13-15 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.40, Cory Rasmus has a 0-1 record and a 0.91 WHIP. He has 10 strikeouts over the 14.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 5 hits. He has allowed 3.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.46. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.87 and they have given up 69 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .206 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 69 times and walking 27 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.35 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 234 base knocks and 106 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 32 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 89 hitters and struck out 198. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 4.32.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .199 average at home. The Angels hold a .372 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.21 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .317 and he has an OBP of .400. He has 33 hits this year along with 16 runs scored and 22 RBI. He's struck out 28 times and has walked on 15 occasions. Kole Calhoun is hitting .304 and he has an OBP of .377. He has collected 31 hits so far while he's scored 12 runs and drove in 12. He has earned a walk 10 times and has punched out 17 times. The Angels as a unit have 227 base hits, including 34 doubles and 25 homers. They have 7 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 86 times this year and they have struck out 146 times. They've had 169 men left on base and have an OPS of .688. They score 3.75 runs per game and have totaled 105 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 7-16-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 11-15-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 11-15-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 12-16-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
05/05/16 RF Steven Souza Pectoral left last game, "?" Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
04/10/16 P Chase Whitley Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Brad Boxberge Abdominal 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Alex Cobb Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Los Angeles Angels
05/05/16 P Garrett Richards Dehydration "?" for next scheduled start Friday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
05/02/16 LF Craig Gentry Back 15-day DL (4/26)
04/29/16 P Huston Street Oblique 15-day DL (4/28)
04/17/16 LF Daniel Nava Knee 15-day DL (4/16)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Shoulder 15-day DL (4/4)
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Rays
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