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The (34-50) Los Angeles Angels of the American League West Division will be in the “SUNSHINE STATE” for the finale of a four-game series.
The Angels take on the (34-49) Tampa Bay Rays of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016 MLB action. The teams will play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The First pitch is at 12:10 PM EST. On Thursday, July 7, 2016. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Los Angeles Angels must step up after the All-Star break.
Tampa Bay is just a bad baseball team.
The Opening Betting line has Tampa Bay as a -115 Home Favorite. The Betting Odds Total is nine runs for Thursday’s game.
The Los Angeles Angels got their first win over Tampa Bay this season on Tuesday. July 5, 2016.
Former San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum pitched a fantastic game in the victory. The Los Angeles Angels are 3-7 their last ten baseball contests.
The Angels batters put up thirteen runs on Tampa Bay pitchers. The Angels return home on Friday. July 15th after the All-Star break hosting the Chicago White Sox.
Center Fielder Mike Trout leads the Angels offense in four of five broad categories.
Kole Calhoun has a .285 batting average, and Albert Pujols leads the batting order with fifty-six RBI’S.
Relief Pitchers Huston Street and Fernando Salas are reliable, but the signing of Lincecum gives the starters depth.
The Angels are still in the cellar of the Division and a strong showing the next five days could help propel them into contenders in the second half of the season.
Bovada list the Los Angeles Angels at +900 to win the 2016 MLB American League West Championship.
The 2016 Tampa Bay Rays are playing the Angels in game three of the series on Wednesday. July 6th.
Tampa Bay is also at the bottom of the standings in their division. Tampa Bay will be on the road most of the month after the All-Star break.
The American League East is a very competitive division with teams that have strong offenses.
The Rays pitching staff must step up. The team is not a solid offensive unit, but a few trades could change things on offense.
Third Baseman Evan Longoria is their most consistent player at the plate. Former Miami Marlins Logan Morrison has not played up to expectations.
The Tampa Bay Pitching staff, led by Chris Archer, who has a rotation best 127 strikeouts. Attendance is down at the “TROP” and fans want to relive the Joe Maddon era.
The former Tampa Bay skipper is doing magical things on the North Side of Chicago. The
Tampa Bay Rays are listed at +1,800 to win the 2016 American League East Crown.
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