The Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels meet Monday in MLB action from Angel Stadium.
The Rays are coming off a series versus the Astros over the weekend. Tampa Bay lost the first two installments, then on Sunday the Rays eked out a one-run victory. As for the Angels, they played the Mariners this weekend. LA split the first two games, then in the Sunday rubber match the Angels lost in a shutout. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Tampa Bay had some issues with the Astros this past weekend, falling 9-2 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday. In the Sunday finale, Tampa Bay scored three runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 5-4 victory. Austin Meadows picked up three more RBI with a pair of runs.
For the Monday starting pitcher role, the Rays are going with Tyler Glasnow. Over his 37.2 innings in six outings so far this year, Glasnow has 19 hits, seven earned runs, two homers allowed, 11 walks, 56 Ks and a 1.67 ERA.
Over on the Angels’ side, they fell 7-4 to the Mariners in the Friday opener, but bounced back for a nice 10-5 win on Saturday. In the Sunday rubber match, LA posted five hits with no runs in a 2-0 shutout loss. Starter Dylan Bundy posted 6.0 innings with five hits, two earned and six Ks.
For the starter role on Monday, the Angels are sending out Shohei Ohtani. As a pitcher so far this year, Ohtani has 13.2 innings with six hits, seven runs (five earned), one homer allowed, 13 walks, 23 strikeouts and a 3.29 ERA overall.
The Rays are 36-16 in their last 52 Monday games and 2-5 in their last seven versus a team with a winning record. Tampa is 2-7 in their last nine versus the AL West and the under is 4-1 in their last five Monday games.
Meanwhile, the Angels are 4-1 in their last five Monday games and 4-1 in their last five at home after a road trip of a week or more. LA is 2-5 in their last seven versus a team with a losing record and the over is 5-0 in their last five Monday games.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on the Rays here. The last time Ohtani was on the mound April 26, he gave up four earned on three hits in 5.0 innings with nine strikeouts and two walks. Ohtani has done some impressive things as a pitcher so far this year, but he’s also got a pretty high walk rate (13 in 13.2 innings) and probably won’t go much beyond 5.0 innings unless he’s absolutely dealing. With Glasnow on the mound, I like the Rays batters to chip away at a lower-scoring win in this one.