Angels vs. Rays Thursday Prediction
The Tampa Bay Rays will go for the sweep on Thursday afternoon when they host the L.A. Angels for the series finale at 1:10 p.m. ET. Will the Rays finish the Halos off and cash once more for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, August 2, 2018
1:10 p.m. ET, Tropicana Field
TV: LAA (FSW); TB (FS SUN)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Rays as a -132 favorite. As of this writing, 52% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Rays to beat the Angels on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Angels' Heaney pitches eight, but gets no decision vs. Mariners
Andrew Heaney allowed three runs over eight innings in a no decision against the Mariners on Friday. Heaney breezed through the first four innings, but then gave up solo shots to Mike Zunino and Nelson Cruz over the next three. He should have came out of the game with the win, but Justin Upton completely misread a double over his head by Zunino, and he came around to score on a Guillermo Heredia single in the eighth. He didn’t walk anyone, and he fanned five. Heaney’s ERA now sits at 3.64 with a solid 111/32 K/BB ratio over 19 starts.
Rays' Wood solid in no-decision vs. Yankees
Hunter Wood allowed one run on two hits, with one walk and a pair of strikeouts, over two innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Monday. Wood served as the opener for the Rays scheduled bullpen game and didn’t stick around long enough to qualify for a win in his second career start. The Rays have used 14 different starting pitchers this season, only six shy of the major-league record of 20 set by the New York Mets in 1967. Their groundbreaking opener strategy has been unconventional (and controversial to some), but it's resulted in a sparkling 3.15 team ERA since its implementation on May 19.
MLB Betting Trends
The Angels are 1-5 in their last six games versus the Rays and are 0-4 in their last four games played at Tropicana Field.
The Rays are 5-0 in their last five games versus the American League West.
The Angels have dropped eight of their last 10 games versus American League East opponents, are 3-13 in their last 16 road games versus an opponent with a winning record, and are 1-9 in their last 10 road games versus a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600. On the other side, the Rays are 20-6 in their last 26 home games, are 10-2 in their last 12 home games versus a team with a losing road record and are 7-0 in their last seven home games versus a left-handed starter.
The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -132