The Los Angeles Angels will host the Tampa Bay Rays in the third game of a four-game series on Wednesday. The Rays have taken the first two games of this. Tampa Bay won 7-3 on Monday as a -148 money line favorite and 8-3 on Tuesday as a +104 underdog.
Rays takes openerThe Tampa Bay Rays are right in the mix in the American League East with a 16-15 record, currently tied for second place but only 2.5 games behind first-place Boston. The Rays are now on a three-game winning streak after defeating Houston 5-4 on Sunday as a +115 money line underdog and the Angels on Monday and Tuesday. Austin Meadows hit two home runs and drove in five in the Rays latest win, giving him a team-best seven home runs and 17 RBI on the season.
Ok now go to bed it's after won— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 5, 2021
The Rays will use Andrew Kittredge as the opener on Wednesday, but Ryan Yarbrough will likely come in early and pitch most of the game. He has appeared in six games this season, making four starts, and is 1-3 with a 4.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts against six walks. On Friday, Yarbrough took the decision in a 9-2 loss to Houston, allowing nine hits and five earned runs in six innings.
The Rays have a .226 team batting average 22nd in the league and are 16th, averaging 4.3 runs per game. Joey Wendle leads the team with a .290 batting average and 16 RBI to go along with three home runs. Yandy Diaz leads the team with a .409 on-base percentage with eight RBI but no homers.
Ohtani homers again but Angels loseThe Angels are having a great season offensively, but the pitching hasn’t done well. Los Angeles is third in MLB, batting .258and tied for third with 40 home runs. Shohei Ohtani homered against the Rays on Monday and now leads the club with nine home runs and 22 RBI. Mike Trout leads the team with a .514 on-base percentage and .407 batting average to go along with eight home runs and 17. RBI. Trout is 2 for 6 in the series with a home run. Jared Wash is also off to a hot start batting .333, with six home runs and 21 RBI. The Angels are 10th in MLB, averaging 4.7 runs per game.
The Angles are allowing 5.6 runs per game, which is the worst in MLB. Andrew Heaney, who is 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA, was originally scheduled to make his sixth start on Wednesday, but now Shohei Ohtani is the listed starter. Ohtani has made three starts this season and is 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He last pitched against the Texas Rangers on April 26 and allowed four earned runs in five innings.
The Angeles have lost three games in a row and now have a 13-15 record and fourth in the AL West. They have not had a winning season since 2015.
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Ryan Yarbrough has had trouble with the Angels in the past posting a 7.35 ERA in four starts against them. Collectively, active Los Angeles hitters have a .395 lifetime batting average and 15 RBI in just 38 career at-bats against Yarbrough, with a 1.312 OPS. On the other side, Ohtani has not pitched in over a week and will be well-rested for this game. In Ohtani's career, he is 2-1 with a 2.02 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in seven home starts. The Rays have taken the first two games of the series, and the Angels should be in line to get one back at home. Take Los Angeles on Wednesday.
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I don't have much faith in Yarbrough to throw a gem in this game, and Ohtani has had some issues with allowing too many base runners this season. Beyond the starters, the bullpen on each club also ranks towards the bottom half of baseball, with the Angels 21st with a 4.47 ERA and the Rays 19th with a 4.33 ERA. The Rays have gone over in 11 of their last 13 road games, and I will expect that trend to continue on Wednesday.