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The Angels come into play having won four of their past five games, after walking off Washington on Sunday. Now, they have their newest addition in Noah Syndergaard on the mound, though they’re just 2-2 in his outings this season. Meanwhile, the Rays lost their only game of the week on Sunday, 2-1, when the Mariners walked them off. These are two of the best teams not just in the American League, but in baseball, so it should be a tight contest. Because of that, we will take a value and go with the Tampa Bay Moneyline.
Garcia’s 2021 record: (11-6)
He’s 36-years-old, but Corey Kluber (at least to start the season) has turned back the clock on his career and is off to a phenomenal start. Through five outings, Kluber is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.
He’s been at his best of late, throwing consecutive quality starts. Over his past two outings, Kluber has given up just one run on four hits, walking only one batter while striking out 13. In four of his five outings, Kluber has given up two runs or fewer.
Meanwhile, in his first season outside of New York, Noah Syndegaard has been impressive through his four outings. In those appearances, the 29-year-old is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 24 innings.
He’s yet to give up more than three runs in any outings, though he did give up a season-high eight hits in seven innings in his last start, a 4-0 loss to Boston.
The Angels have scored 144 runs this season, that’s the most in all of baseball. The Rays, who have played one less game than L.A., have scored 130 runs which is the third most in the American League.
Needless to say, both offenses can put up runs in bunches. The Angels enter the game with a ton of momentum, after scoring three in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday to come back and beat the Nationals 5-4 and have now scored five runs or more in seven of their past 12 games.
Los Angeles has eight different people who have an OBP better than .300, five of whom have a .260 average or better.
Their hottest hitter has been Jared Walsh, the outfielder who is 8-for-27 (.296) the last week with three home runs and nine RBIs.
The Rays also have seven batters who have a .316 OBP or better and their eighth best is at .299. Five different batters have driven in 10 runs or more and five batters have a batting average better than .300, which is what makes this lineup so tough to navigate.
Manuel Margot might be the hottest hitter in the league – he’s 11-for-25 (.440) over the past week with two home runs, an MLB leading 12 RBIs and a 1.302 OPS.
For Los Angeles, we’re going to single out one of the hottest hitters in baseball this season, Taylor Ward. Ward is second in baseball with a .364 batting average and leads baseball with a 1.165 OPS and comes off a 6-for-22 week with one double and one home run.
For Tampa Bay, Brandon Lowe has been on a tear over the past seven days. He’s 7-for-19 (.368) with six runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and three RBIs.
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|Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels Information|
|Teams||Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels|
|Location||Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California|
|Time||Monday, May 9, 9:38 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||Bally Sports Sun, Fox Sports West|
Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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