MLB Betting Preview: LA Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Saturday, June 15, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida
When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 1:10 PM ET
Spread: Tampa Bay Rays -180
Angels Stuck in Neutral
The Los Angeles Angels enter play Saturday with a 34-36 record. They are in a weird spot. Los Angeles is currently just 4.5 games from the cellar of the American League West.
However, they are just 3.5 games from the second wild-card spot. The Angels are 5-5 in their last 10 games and their run differential for the season is -4. If that does not scream mediocrity, then nothing does.
They won game one of this series, then lost game two. On Saturday, they will send Jose Suarez to the mound. Suarez is looking for his second win of the season. He has an ERA of 4.35 and has struck out nine batters in 10 1/3 innings. Suarez will be making the first start of his career against Tampa Bay.
The Angels offense is a good one. They are the fifth-best hitting team in the American League with a team average of .257. Shortstop David Fletcher leads the team with a .304 batting average. Outfielder Mike Trout is hitting .286 with 18 home runs and 44 RBI. Third baseman Tommy LaStella is hitting .304 as well.
Morton Looks to Stay Perfect
The Tampa Rays currently lead the American League East by a half-game over the New York Yankees with a 42-27 record after their win on Friday night. They have won six of their last 10 games and have a run differential of +98 on the season.
They will send Charlie Morton to the mound, who is looking to stay perfect on the season. Morton is an amazing 8-0 with a 2.10 ERA. He has struck out 98 batters in 81 1/3 innings pitched.
Morton is in the discussion for the Cy Young Award with these numbers. He will be making his sixth career start against the Angels. He is 2-1 with two no-decisions and one relief appearance.
Outfielder Austin Meadows leads the Rays' offense. Meadows is in second in the American League in the batting race with a .322 batting average. Second baseman Brandon Lowe is handling the heavy lifting, leading the Rays with 14 home runs and 43 RBI.
As a team, Tampa Bay is the third-leading hitting team in the American League with a .263 batting average. However, they are ninth in runs scored.
These two teams have battled it out the first two games of the series. With Morton on the mound, the Rays have the clear pitching advantage in this one. Take the Rays.