The Los Angeles Angels will host the Tampa Bay Rays in the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday. This will be the first time these franchises have met this season. This preview is for the Tuesday game and was written before the conclusion of the series opener on Monday.
McClanahan to make second career startThe Tampa Bay Rays are fourth in the American League East with a 14-15 record. Heading into the series against the Angels, the Rays dropped two out of three games against the Houston Astros but won the series finale on Sunday 5-4. Austin Meadows hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning that led to the victory.
The Rays are 23rd, hitting .223 as a team and 17th, scoring 4.1 runs per game. Joey Wendle leads the team with a .289 batting average and 16 RBI to go along with three home runs. Austin Meadows and Mike Zunino are tied for the team lead with five home runs. Yandy Diaz leads the team with a .381 on-base percentage, and Randy Arozarena is off to a solid start with three home runs and 11 RBIs.
Heading west with some momentum— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 2, 2021
Shane McClanahan will get the start on Tuesday. McClanahan made his big league debut on Thursday against Oakland and allowed five hits and two earned runs in four innings of a 3-2 loss but did not factor in the decision. The Rays bullpen is 18th in MLB with a 4.15 ERA.
Angels bats excellingAfter falling to Seattle 2-0 on Sunday, the Angels are 13-13 and fourth in the AL West. Mike Trout leads the team with a .515 on-base percentage and .413 batting average, to go along with seven home runs and 16 RBI. Jared Wash is also off to a sensational start batting .356, with six home runs and 21 RBI. Shohei Ohtanileads the club in the power with eight home runs and is second with 20 RBI. The Angels are seventh in MLB, averaging 4.8 runs per game, and first batting .262, and fourth 1.4 home runs per game.
FINAL: Angels 0, Mariners 2 pic.twitter.com/mfH3WjyQyD— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) May 2, 2021
The Angels have not yet announced an official starter, but it is possible that Alex Cobb could start Tuesday. Cobb has made four starts this season and is 1-1 with a 7.16 ERA and 1.78 WHIP. Cobb has failed to get through three full innings in either of his two starts. The Angels bullpen is 18th with a 4.28 ERA.
- Angels are 1-6 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Rays are 5-1 in their last 6 road games.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Los Angeles Angels are dead-last in MLB allowing 5.4 runs per game, and could likely be sending Alex Cobb to the mound on Tuesday who has struggled.
The Angels are 24th in MLB with just a .297 on-base percentage against left-handed pitchers. With the Rays sending a young southpaw to the mound that the Angels have never seen, except the Los Angeles bats to be challenged.
I think this is a good spot to back Tampa Bay as a small underdog.
Full-Game Total Pick
The potential starting pitching match-up and bullpens on both sides do not give a lot of reason to expect a low-scoring game. With nine of the last 11 road games for the Rays going over the total, and the Angels combining with opponents for an average of 10.2 runs per game this season, take the over.