LA Angels vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction MLB Picks 4/18/24

Tampa Bay Rays (10-9) vs LA Angels (9-9)

Game Info: Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Ryan Pepiot (1-2) (5.40) vs Griffin Canning (0-2) (9.88)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -150 / LA Angels +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate an Angels vs Rays prediction for this MLB game on Thursday, April 18th at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Angels recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Rays recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Los Angeles
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Tampa Bay
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Los Angeles and Tampa Bay
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Los Angeles and Tampa Bay

Angels Preview

The Los Angeles Angels are 9-9 this season and they have lost three of their last five games. Los Angeles has won games one and three in the series by scores of 5-4 and 7-3. Prior to this series, the Angels lost two out of three in Boston and two out of three at home against the Rays. The Los Angeles pitching staff has a 4.45 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a .234 opponent batting average. The Angels offense has scored 85 runs with a .244 batting average and a .313 on base percentage. Mike Trout is batting .282 with eight home runs and 11 RBI’s for the Angels. The projected starting pitcher for LA is Griffin Canning, who is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP over 13.2 innings pitched this season. 

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 10-9 this year and they have alternated wins and losses over their last six games. Tampa Bay has dropped two of the three games in this series, but the did win game two by a score of 7-6. Prior to this series, the Rays won two out of three against the Giants and Angels. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 4.93 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and a .259 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 82 runs with a .244 batting average and a .309 on base percentage. Isaac Paredes is batting .273 with five home runs and 12 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Ryan Pepiot, who is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 16.2 innings pitched this year. 

Tampa Bay Rays Player Prop Facts

  • Isaac Paredes has hit a home run in five of his last 15 appearances.
  • Amed Rosario has recorded at least one RBI in four of his last five appearances.
  • Isaac Paredes has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 12 home appearances against AL West opponents.
  • Isaac Paredes has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 12 home appearances against AL West opponents.
  • Amed Rosario has recorded at least one Single in each of his last seven appearances.
  • Josh Lowe has scored at least one run in seven of his last eight appearances.
  • Jose Siri ranks T6th in the league in Steals (6) this season.

Los Angeles Angels Player Prop Facts

  • Mike Trout has hit a home run in four of his last five appearances at Tropicana Field against AL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Taylor Ward has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Angels' last 11 road games.
  • Mike Trout has scored a run in five of the Angels' last six games as road underdogs.
  • Griffin Canning has recorded six or more strikeouts in four of his last five road appearances.
  • Mike Trout has recorded at least one hit in each of the Angels' last 13 games as underdogs.
  • Brandon Drury has recorded at least one total base in each of his last eight road appearances against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Taylor Ward has recorded at least one Single in eight of his last nine appearances against the Rays after playing the previous day.
  • Mike Trout ranks T1st in the league in Home Runs (8) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Tampa Bay Rays rank T29th in the league for home runs allowed this season (29).
  • The Tampa Bay Rays rank 28th in the league for ERA this season (4.94).
  • The Los Angeles Angels rank T27th in the league for doubles this season (21).
  • The Los Angeles Angels rank 5th in the league for steals this season (20).

Angels vs Rays Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game right around the .500 mark on the season, but Tampa Bay has been disappointing. The Rays had a great season last year, but their pitching staff has been a problem through 19 games this season. Tampa Bay is starting Ryan Pepiot, who has allowed 10 earned runs and 12 hits over 16.2 innings pitched in three starts. LA is going with Griffin Canning, who has allowed 15 earned runs and 21 hits over 13.2 innings over three starts. Both of these pitchers have had some struggles this year, but Pepiot did have a very good start in Colorado. Take the Rays here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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