Last Updated May 13, 2022, 2:03 PM

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels Picks, Predictions, Odds

The Tampa Bay Rays (18-12) will wrap up their three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels (20-11) on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 PM ET at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and can be viewed on FS1.  

Score Prediction

Angels 5, Rays 3 

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Predictions

Tampa Bay enters this matchup second in the AL East, three games behind the New York Yankees for first place. Prior to the result of Tuesday night’s game, the Rays have won six of their last eight. Tampa Bay’s offense has been solid this season, averaging 4.43 runs per game. The bullpen has also played well and have held opponents to three runs or less in five of their last eight games. The left-hander Shane McClanahan is scheduled to start on Wednesday. McClanahan is 2-2 in six games this season with an ERA of 3.06 and has allowed 23 hits, 11 earned runs, and struck out 47 batters in 32.1 innings.  

The Angels are off to a great start this season and are first in the AL West with a one game lead over the Houston Astros. Los Angeles has won five of their last six games and their longest losing streak this season is just two games. The Angels offense ranks amongst the top of the league, averaging 4.83 runs per game. The bullpen hasn’t been quite as good, but have held opponents to 3.70 runs per game this season. Right-handed pitcher Shohei Ohtani is expected to take the mound Wednesday. Ohtani is 3-2 in five games this season with an ERA of 3.08 and has allowed 22 hits, nine earned runs, and struck out 41 batters in 26.1 innings of work.  

I like the Angels to win in this matchup as well as the total to go over. Los Angeles is first in the MLB with 150 runs scored, while Tampa Bay is ranked seventh in the MLB with 123 runs. I give LA the slight edge in this one with Ohtani taking the mound and think there is enough value to make it worthwhile. Locking in the over and Angels moneyline here.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Odds

  • Rays +102
  • Angels -120
  • Rays +1.5 (-230)
  • Angels -1.5 (+188)
  • Over 7 (-108)
  • Under 7 (-112)

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Resources

  • Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
  • Matchup: AL East vs. AL West
  • Stadium: Angel Stadium
  • Location: Anaheim, California
  • TV-Time: FS1 - 7:07 p.m. ET

Tampa Bay Rays Betting Analysis

Prior to the results of Tuesday night’s game, the Rays are 18-12 SU, 14-16 ATS, and have an O/U 14-15-1. The total has gone over in seven of Tampa Bay’s last 10 games. Following this trend, the total has gone over in four of their last five when playing on the road against Los Angeles. The Rays are 8-2 SU in their last 10 road games and 9-5 SU on the road this season.  

Tampa Bay has had their bats working in the first 30 games. As a team the Rays have a batting average of .246 (6th), on base percentage of .315 (10th), slugging percentage of .395 (9th), and have scored 133 runs (7th). The shortstop Wander Franco is hitting the ball well with a batting average of .322 (38-118), four home runs, and 15 RBIs. Tampa Bay will be without right fielder Manuel Margot on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. Margot leads the Rays in RBIs with 20 on the season.  

The Rays bullpen allowed Los Angeles 11 runs in game one of this series, but have looked good for the majority of the season. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .217 (6th), have an ERA of 3.53 (13th), and have given up 126 runs (22nd). The left-hander Shane McClanahan is scheduled to start on Wednesday. McClanahan is 2-2 in six games this season with an ERA of 3.06 and has allowed 23 hits, 11 earned runs, and struck out 47 batters in 32.1 innings. In two games against the Angels last season, McClanahan gave up six hits, three earned runs, and struck out 12 batters in 10.0 innings. 

Los Angeles Angels Betting Analysis

The Angels look like the team to beat in the AL West and have gone 20-11 SU, 16-15 ATS, and have an O/U record of 15-15-1. The total has gone over in five of LA’s last six games. Following this trend, the total has gone over in four of their last five when playing at home against Tampa Bay. The Angels have gone 8-1 SU in their last nine games at home and are 11-6 SU at home this season.

  Los Angeles’ offense is hitting the ball extremely well and have scored 40 runs over their last six games. As a team the Angels have a batting average of .243 (1st), on base percentage of .324 (4th), slugging percentage of .416 (1st), and have scored 150 runs (1st). Center fielder Mike Trout is off to another solid season with a batting average of .319 (29-91), seven home runs, and six RBIs. Starting pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani is starting to find his rhythm after a slow start, with a batting average of .252 (30-119), six home runs, and 21 RBIs.  

The Angels bullpen has given up six runs or more just three times this season. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .219 (7th), have an ERA of 3.50 (11th), and have given up 115 runs (12th). Right-handed pitcher Shohei Ohtani is expected to take the mound Wednesday. Ohtani is 3-2 in five games this season with an ERA of 3.08 and has allowed 22 hits, nine earned runs, and struck out 41 batters in 26.1 innings of work. In his one game against the Rays last season, Ohtani gave up one hit, zero runs, and struck out seven batters in 5.0 innings.  

Key Players to Watch

  • TMB: Wander Franco - SS (Last Game: TBD)
  • TMB: Randy Arozarena- OF (Last Game: TBD)
  • LAA: Mike Trout - OF (Last Game: TBD)
  • LAA: Shohei Ohtani - DH (Last Game: TBD)

Probable Pitchers

  • TMB: Shane McClanahan - LHP (2-2, 3.06 ERA, 47 K, 0.99 WHIP)
  • LAA: Shohei Ohtani - RHP (3-2, 3.08 ERA, 41 K, 1.03 WHIP)

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Conclusion

I like the value in the Angels Moneyline in this matchup with Ohtani taking the mound. I also think the over is a solid play. The Angels are the top scoring team in baseball and have pushed the total over in five of their last six games. The Rays are also a high scoring team, ranking seventh in the MLB in runs scored. Backing the Angels moneyline and the over in this one.  

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