Major League Baseball on Thursday night and I will have a Free Pick in the game between the LA Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays, which will be played at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida. First pitch is scheduled for a 7:10 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 7 O -120
This is game 3 of a 3 game series between these American League foes. The Angels come in struggling badly as they have won just 1 over their last 7 games. That one win was in game 1 of this series, but the Rays bounced back with a 4-2 win last night. The Halos are now at under .500 with a 29-30 record on the year, which includes a 13-17 mark on the road. The Rays have won 6 of their last 8 games, and are just 1.5 games behind division leading New York in the AL East. The Angels rank 21st in scoring (3.98 rpg), while on the mound they are 16th in ERA (3.85). The Rays rank 26th in scoring (3.67 rpg), while on the mound they are 3rd in ERA (3.28).
Trend for this game include: The Halos are 11-4 in their last 15 games as a favorite of -110 to -150 and 12-4 in their last 16 games on astroturf, but just 2-7 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning record. For the Rays they are 9-4 in their last 13 during game 3 of a series, but just 5-13 in their last 18 games as a home underdog and 1-7 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter.
Getting the ball for Los Angeles tonight will be Garrett Richards, who is 5-4 with a 4.14 ERA overall, while on the road he has gone 2-3 with a 6.04 ERA. Richards has gone 2-1 with a 5.02 ERA in 3 career starts vs Tampa Bay
Toeing the rubber for the Rays tonight will be Alex Colome, who is 3-2 with a 4.54 ERA in 8 starts this year, while at home he is 1-1 with a 5.51 ERA in 3 starts. Alex is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in 1 starts vs the Halos.
Pick: I will take the Halos in this one as i feel they have the stronger pitcher on the mound and they clearly need this one more. The Rays have been playing solid ball, but they are not good as home dogs or vs righties of late. I just don't see the Rays getting enough offense to win this game.
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