The Los Angeles Angels look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Rays arrive at Angel Stadium on Thursday.
It's a pitching duel between a pair of top-notch starters - Dan Haren for the Angels (8-9 on the year) and David Price for Tampa Bay (15-4 so far).
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Los Angeles sat as +100 underdogs at TopBet. The total was set at 7.5.
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 3-rated Rays taking on the American League's No. 6-rated Angels in this contest.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Los Angeles has the American League's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 9.2 hits per game. The Rays average 7.7 hits per game, good for No. 14 on the American League list.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Los Angeles has the American League's No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the American League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 1-0 loser as they battled the Mariners on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Mariners at -130 were rewarded, while the 1 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Tampa Bay didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Felix Hernandez in a losing cause, 1-0, against Seattle on Wednesday.
Los Angeles won its last outing, an 8-4 result against the Indians on August 15. Bettors who backed the Angels at -158 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (12) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Angels enjoyed an 8-4 victory at the expense of the Indians on Wednesday, with Ervin Santana throwing 7 innings of 4-hit ball at Angel Stadium.
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing LA Angels are 7-3
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
Los Angeles Angels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After playing Cleveland are 7-3
After a win are 4-6
A few Rays at Angels trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing LA Angels
Tampa Bay is 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing LA Angels
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Angels
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Angels
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels' last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 7 of LA Angels' last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels' last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels' last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay at LA Angels, Friday, August 17