Tampa Bay vs Los Angeles MLB Odds Analysis

Posted by Aaron . on May 5, 2016 in

On Friday night, the Tampa Bay Rays will be in Los Angeles to open a three-game weekend series with the Angels. The Rays (12-14) just beat the Dodgers on Wednesday, 8-5 and are in fourth place in the American League East. The Angels (13-15) are in third place in the American League West and just beat the Brewers, 7-3, on Wednesday night. Find out more about the latest MLB sportsbook odds here.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels MLB Odds Analysis

When: Friday, May 6, 2016, 10:05pm Eastern time
Where: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
TV: FSW
Radio: AM 830 KLAA Los Angeles
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Chris Archer (1-4, 5.01 ERA) (TB) vs Garrett Richards (1-3, 2.34 ERA) (LAA)

 

 

Why should you bet on Tampa Bay?

Interestingly, the Rays were only hitting .221 as a team, the worst in MLB, going into Wednesday’s 8-5 win over the Dodgers. However, they hit four home runs in the game and how have 34, which matches a team high for home runs through 26 games. They have scored 90 runs, and 47 have come from home runs. Angel Stadium is a hitter-friendly park, and if Garrett Richards leaves some pitches up, the Rays should be able to tee off.

Why should you put your money on the Angels?

The Angels have been in a bit of an offensive slump as of late, dropping two of three to the Rangers and the Brewers. However, that may have changed on Wednesday, as Mike Trout belted a solo shot in the eighth and then C.J. Cron came up five batters later with a big pinch-hit double to give the Angels a big lead. Trout also had a triple to pace the Angels. He now has 18 RBI in the last 13 games after beginning the season 5 for 27. When the Angels are hitting, they are hard to stay with, and Chris Archer is not the dominant sort of pitcher who can manage the offense.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Richards is much more likely to manage the Tampa Bay offense than the other way around. His ERA is a testament to the huge number of ground-ball outs he has gotten (while his record is more a sign of poor run support). I’m predicting a 5-2 Angel win.