Sunday, May 8, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Andriese vs. Nick Tropeano
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Angel Stadium on Sunday to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Matt Andriese for the Rays and Nick Tropeano for the Angels. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +115 and Los Angeles at -125. The over/under was set at 8. The Rays have a 7-17-3 over/under record and a 12-15-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Angels are 13-17-0 against the run line and have a 11-16-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 13-14 record, including 4-5 on the road. Starting pitcher Matt Andriese is making his season debut for Tampa Bay. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.71 and they have given up 66 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the bullpen while being struck out 68 times and walking 29 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.62 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.05 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.61. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 203 base hits and 96 earned runs. They have allowed 33 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 72 batters and struck out 241. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.15 and their FIP as a unit is 3.83.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .228, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .251 average away from home. The Rays hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .297 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 29th in baseball with 7.48 hits per game. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .236 and his on-base percentage is at .274. He has 26 hits this season along with 14 runs scored and 15 runs batted in. He's struck out 26 times and has walked 5 times. Logan Forsythe is hitting .316 and he has an on-base percentage of .402. He has totaled 31 hits so far while scoring 16 runs and he's driven in 10. He has walked 13 times and has struck out 25 times. The Rays have 202 hits, including 48 doubles and 36 home runs. They've stolen 12 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 7 times. Tampa Bay has walked 71 times this season and they've struck out 250 times as a unit. They've left 177 men on base and have a team OPS of .704. They score 3.52 runs per contest and have scored a total of 95 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 6-7 home record and a 13-16 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.42, Nick Tropeano has a 1-1 record and a 1.63 WHIP. He has 26 strikeouts over the 26.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 28 hits. He has allowed 9.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.79. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.68 and they have given up 75 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 75 times and walking 29 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.64 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.34 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 245 base knocks and 111 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 34 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 93 hitters and struck out 204. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.41.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .199 average at home. The Angels hold a .371 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.28 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .306 and he has an OBP of .392. He has 33 hits this year along with 16 runs scored and 23 RBI. He's struck out 30 times and has walked on 16 occasions. Kole Calhoun is hitting .305 and he has an OBP of .381. He has collected 32 hits so far while he's scored 13 runs and drove in 12. He has earned a walk 11 times and has punched out 18 times. The Angels as a unit have 235 base hits, including 36 doubles and 25 homers. They have 7 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 90 times this year and they have struck out 155 times. They've had 179 men left on base and have an OPS of .686. They score 3.69 runs per game and have totaled 107 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 7-17-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 12-15-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 11-16-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 13-17-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
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
05/06/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 15-day DL (5/2); out for season
05/02/16 LF Craig Gentry Back 15-day DL (4/26)
04/29/16 P Huston Street Oblique 15-day DL (4/28)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Shoulder 60-day DL (4/4)
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Angels
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