The Los Angeles Angels try to break a two-game losing streak when they host the Tampa Bay Rays in the second of a four-game series on Tuesday night. First pitch for this contest is set for 9:38 pm ET at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
Tampa Bay has won two in a row coming into Tuesday’s action, including a 7-3 victory in Monday’s series opener. The Rays are 15-15 and in third place in the American League East, 2½ games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox.
The Angels have dropped two in a row to fall below .500 at 13-14. Los Angeles is fourth in the AL West, 1½ games behind the second-place Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
The MLB odds for Tuesday’s game have the Angels with a moneyline of -117 while the Rays are at +107. The over/under has been set at 8½ runs.
Left-hander Shane McClanahan will get his second start in Tuesday’s contest after dealing with a knee injury in the early part of the season. The 24-year-old was on a workload restriction in his first start, going four innings and allowing two runs on five hits, including a home run, against the Athletics.
McClanahan did record five strikeouts in the game while walking none in his first start in the majors. He’ll likely have less restriction on him on Tuesday.
Second baseman Joey Wendle leads the Rays with 16 RBIs and a .289 average despite going hitless over the last three games. Left fielder Randy Arozarena leads the team with 27 hits while batting .265, hitting four doubles, three home runs and driving in 11 runs.
Designated hitter Austin Meadows is batting just .206 tbut has six doubles, five home runs and 12 RBIs. The Rays have been a free-swinging bunch, ranking second in baseball with 306 strikeouts.
Doing it All
Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani led what little offense the Angels had on Monday night, hitting a double and a home run and finishing with two RBIs. The home run was Ohtani’s ninth, tying him for the major league lead.
The 26-year-old is batting .272 with seven doubles, two triples and a team-high 22 RBIs while scoring 20 runs. His slugging percentage of .641 ranks second on the team.
Ohtani would be leading in most statistical categories on any other team, but when Mike Trout is on the roster, he’s going to set the pace most of the time. Trout is hitting .410 to lead baseball, with eight doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBIs, 17 walks and 20 runs scored.
Right-hander Alex Cobb will be making his fifth start. Cobb spent the first six seasons of his major league career with Tampa Bay.
Cobb is 1-1 with a 7.16 ERA, striking out 23 and walking just five. In his last start, Cobb lasted just two innings against Texas, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out two. It was his second straight start of fewer than three innings.
Rays Win Again
While McClanahan doesn’t have much experience, he showed some solid stuff in his first start. He’ll give up some runs, but he should be able to keep Los Angeles in check.
Cobb has really struggled in his last two starts and could have trouble against a Rays lineup that is deep. This game should be a high-scoring affair, with Tampa Bay getting the win late.
When doing your MLB betting, go with Tampa Bay to make it two in a row in the series.
PICK: Tampa Bay Rays +107