Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels – MLB May 6

Rays (17-15, 10-5 road) vs. Angels (13-16, 6-7 home)

  • Time: 6:38PM PST – 8:38PM CST – 9:38PM EST
  • Place: Angels Stadium Anaheim, CA
  • TV: Bally Sports Florida | Bally Sports West | MLB Extra Innings

Opening Pitch

The Los Angeles Angels look to salvage the last game of the four-game series as Tampa Bay has owned the Angels in winning the first three.

In fact, the Angels’ bats have been sidelined as they have lost four in a row by a combined total of 20-7 and have fallen into the last place in the AL West, 4.5 games back of the division-leading Oakland A’s.

Tampa Bay has won four in a row and looking to tie its longest winning streak with a fifth as the Rays are tied for second with the Yankees and stand 1.5 games off the AL East leading Red Sox.

These two teams did not meet last season due to COVID-19 cancellations, but the Rays won the season series in 2019, 4-3, and Tampa Bay is 4-0-1 against the Angels in the last five-season series.

A Rays win would give them their first four-game sweep at Angels Stadium since 2012.

Trends

Tampa Bay Rays:

  • The UNDER has been the play in 8 of the Rays’ last 12 games
  • Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in the last 7 vs. the Angels
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Rays’ last 6 games vs the AL West

Los Angeles Angels:

  • The OVER has been the call in 4 of the last 6 Halos games
  • The total has also gone OVER in 5 of the last 7 games between the Angels and Rays
  • The Angels are 1-5 SU in their last 6 home games vs. Tampa Bay

Last Time Out

Shohei Ohtani pitched five scoreless innings, but Brandon Lowe hit a three-run homer for Tampa Bay as the Rays saddled the Halos with their season-high fourth straight loss. Lowe homered off of Junior Guerra in the seventh. It was the first time in 10 games that Ohtani threw five scoreless innings. The Angels third baseman Jose Rojas was the only player on either team with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 with a double.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Angels +1.5 (-165) +130 O 8 (-115)
Rays -1.5 (+145) -145 U 8 (-105)

On the Mound

Tampa Bay sends Collin McHugh (0-1, 10.13 ERA) to the bump against Angels lefty Andrew Heaney (1-2, 5.25 ERA).

This will be McHugh’s first start of the season and his first appearance since hitting the mound in relief on April 17 when he was credited with a hold in the seventh inning of a 6-3 Rays win over the Yankees. He picked up the loss six days earlier as he gave up four runs on three hits in the 10th inning in an 8-4 loss to New York.

Heaney picked up the loss in Saturday’s 7-4 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. He gave up three home runs as he only last 3.1 innings as he threw 90 pitches. He has struck out 34 and walked only nine on the season.

Rays Chat

Tampa Bay Rays LogoBrandon Lowe provided the winning margin with the three-run shot last night, but he is only 2-fo-14 in the first three games of this series…. Willy Adames picked up a hit last night as he, like Lowe, has struggled with the bat so far this season. He had a career-low 0-for-25 streak and has gone 5-for-20 since while batting .178 so far this season…. Francisco Mejia is the only Rays hitter at .300 right now as Tampa Bay is hitting only .223, 11th in the AL. Six active day-to-day players are batting below the .200 mark going into tonight’s game…. Catcher Mike Zunino will be back in the lineup tonight as he is 7-for-his-last-29 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI. Seven of Zunino ’s 11 hits this season have been extra-base hits.

Angels Chat

Los Angeles Angels LogoThe Angels rang up a season-high four errors in Tuesday night’s 8-3 loss to the Rays as they lead the major leagues with 29 errors through their first 29 games. They also have five games where they have committed at least three errors and no other MLB team has more than two.… Mike Trout has been on quite the tear since coming back from a three-game absence due to an elbow contusion. He is batting .406 with three doubles, two home runs, and five RBI since. Trout is batting .398 on the season with eight double while tying Shohei Ohtani for the team lead with 21 runs….The Angels are now a season-low three games below .500. They stayed at or above .500 for the first 18 games for the first time since 2005.

The Bets
Los Angeles Angels -1.5
+145
Los Angeles Angels
-145
UNDER 8 Runs
-105
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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