Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels 5/17/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, May 17, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Archer vs. Tyler Skaggs
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Angel Stadium on Thursday, May 17, 2018 to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Chris Archer for the Rays and Tyler Skaggs for the Angels.
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The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +135 and Los Angeles at -145. The Rays have a 21-17-2 over/under record and a 21-19-0 run line mark. The Angels are 13-28-0 against the run line and have a 20-20-1 over/under record.
Valuable Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 21-17-2 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 21-19-0 against the run line
Important Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 20-20-1 against the over/under
The Los Angeles Angels are 13-28-0 against the run line
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
05/02/18 P Yonny Chirinos Forearm 10-day DL (04/29)
04/17/18 CF Kevin Kiermaier Thumb 60-day DL (04/16)
04/11/18 P Jose De Leon Elbow 60-day DL (03/28)
03/29/18 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 10-day DL (03/28)
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
05/15/18 P Sean Isaac Elbow 10-day DL (05/14)
05/05/18 P JC Ramirez Elbow 60-day DL (04/09)
04/24/18 P Blake Wood Elbow 10-day DL (04/23)
04/04/18 P Matt Shoemaker Forearm 10-day DL (04/01)
03/26/18 P Alex Meyer Shoulder 60-day DL (02/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays have a 18-22 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Chris Archer has a 2-3 record with an earned run average of 5.64 and a WHIP of 1.41 this season. He has 52 strikeouts over his 52.2 innings pitched and he's given up 59 hits. He's allowed 10.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.3. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.79 and they have given up 147 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the bullpen and they've struck out 146 hitters and walked 55 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.57. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 321 base hits and 176 earned runs. They have allowed 46 home runs this season, ranking them 14th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 118 batters and struck out 323. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 4.17.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .261, good for 4th in the league. The Rays hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. C.J. Cron is hitting .280 with an on-base percentage of .329. He has 42 hits this season in 150 at bats with 23 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .487 and an OPS+ of 125. Mallex Smith is hitting .309 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .392. He has totaled 34 hits and he has driven in 8 men in 110 at bats. His OPS+ is 130 while his slugging percentage is at .427. The Rays have 348 hits, including 58 doubles and 35 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 127 times so far this season and they have struck out 331 times as a unit. They have left 276 men on base and have a team OPS of .728. They score 4.21 runs per contest and have scored a total of 164 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 25-17 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.07, Tyler Skaggs has a 3-2 record and a 1.21 WHIP. He has 46 strikeouts over the 44 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 40 hits. He's allowing 8.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.19. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.72 and they have given up 162 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the Angels bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 167 batters and walked 72 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.81. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 342 base knocks and 160 earned runs this season. They have given up 47 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 156 hitters and struck out 387 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.06.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 7th in the league. The Angels hold a .434 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .310 with an OBP of .448. He has 45 hits this year along with 25 RBI in 145 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .641 with an OPS+ of 197. Andrelton Simmons is hitting .338 this season and he has an OBP of .404. He has collected 49 hits in 145 at bats while driving in 23 runs. He has an OPS+ of 148 and a slugging percentage of .497. The Angels as a unit have 372 base hits, including 67 doubles and 56 homers. Los Angeles has walked 134 times this year and they have struck out on 314 occasions. They have had 288 men left on base and have an OPS of .762. They have scored 4.98 runs per game and totaled 204 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Angels MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rays +135
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