MLB Betting: Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays Series Preview (4/24-4/26)
The Tampa Bay Rays (9-7, +$214) are getting set to come back to Tropicana Field, where they are 5-1 on the campaign, and they are going to be taking on the Los Angeles Angels (6-10, -$943), who have been struggling mightily to get traction this season.
The road teams have had a great history in this series over the last two years. The Rays swept the Angels on the road last June, and the Halos had won five of the previous six here the Trop. That being said, the recent form is clearly on the side of Tampa Bay, a team that has won four out of five. The Angels come into this series after taking two out of three at home against the Baltimore Orioles, though they dropped four of the seven games on this home stand before coming out East.
In the first game of this series on Tuesday night, Ervin Santana looks for his first win of the year against David Price. Santana has been awful this season, going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA. He hasn’t allowed fewer than four runs in a game this year, and batters are hitting .270 against him. Price meanwhile, has been sharp for the most part, posting a 2-1 record with a 4.20 ERA. He has nine walks this year though, which is very uncharacteristic for a man that has had pinpoint accuracy with his pitches in the past. The first pitch gets thrown out at 7:10 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday.
The newly acquired CJ Wilson makes his fourth start of the year for the Halos on Wednesday against second year man Jeremy Hellickson of the Rays on Wednesday night. This ESPN2 duel (7:10 ET) should be a good one for Wilson. He is 4-0 with four holds and a save in his career against Tampa Bay, and he has just a 2.25 ERA to show for his 40.0 innings of work against it. Wilson has a 2.37 ERA this year as well, though he is coming off of his worst start of the year in which he allowed four runs in six frames in a loss against the Oakland Athletics. This is only going to be the second time that Hellickson has ever started against the Angels in his career. He is 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA this year, but he has only allowed two earned runs in his 14.1 innings of work in his two triumphs.
Thursday is getaway day for both of these teams, as they both have to hit the road when this 1:10 p.m. (ET) game is said and done with. Jerome Williams will make just his ninth start in the majors since 2007 in this one. He is 1-1 on the campaign with a 7.71 ERA, and his one start on the road was a brutal one against the New York Yankees in which he allowed five runs in 2.2 innings of work. Matt Moore is still just 22 years old, and he is making his fifth career start in the regular season in this one. He has never faced LA before in his career, and he really needs to calm down to keep his spot in the rotation for Manager Joe Maddon. Moore has thrown either 6.1 or 6.2 innings in all three of his starts, and he has a woeful 0-1 mark with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. More concerning for Moore is his K/BB ratio of just 11/12.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays Series Schedule
Tuesday, April 24th 7:10 p.m. (ET) – Ervin Santana (LAA) vs. David Price (TAM) (FOX Sports West, Sun Sports)
Wednesday, April 25th, 7:10 p.m. (ET) – CJ Wilson (LAA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (TAM) (ESPN2, Sun Sports)
Thursday, April 26th, 1:10 p.m. (ET) – Jerome Williams (LAA) vs. Matt Moore (TAM) (FOX Sports West, Sun Sports)
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