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MLB BASEBALL

Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Los Angeles Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Tropicana Field.

The Angels will trot Jason Vargas out to the mound in this one. Lefthander Vargas has a 7-5 record and a 3.77 ERA this season.

The Rays will counter Vargas with Jake Odorizzi. Righthander Odorizzi has a 6.13 ERA to go along with a 0-0 record this season.

The Angels were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -166 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 59-72 SU
Tampa Bay: 75-56 SU

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Milwaukee are 4-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Oakland are 6-4
After playing LA Angels are 9-1
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
LA Angels are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games on the road
LA Angels are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Angels's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing LA Angels
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Angels
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Angels

Next up:
LA Angels at Milwaukee, Friday, August 30
Tampa Bay at Oakland, Friday, August 30