Tampa Bay Rays Slight Favorites Over Los Angeles Angels

  • The Tampa Bay Rays are -115 favorites over the Los Angeles Angels.
  • The Angels come back with -105 odds as an underdog.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Angels (13-13) will host the Tampa Bay Rays (14-15) on Monday night. While the records show two middle-of-the-road teams, the pitching matchup makes it one of the most exciting games of the day.

Projected Pitching Matchup

  • TB Tyler Glasnow (2-0, 3.68 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)
  • LAA Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 3.29 ERA, 1.39 WHIP)

Tyler Glasnow has had a solid start to the year and has broadened his pitch usage to keep batter on their toes. Shohei Ohtani is one of the bigger names in the sport due to his two-way play and has been thriving on both sides.

Both pitchers have very similar numbers this year which means there is very little of an edge to be taken away from the starting pitcher matchup.

Batting Stats

  • TB #23 in BA (.221), #22 in OBP (.304), #24 in SLG (.368)
  • LAA #1 in BA (.262), #10 in OBP (.318), #3 in SLG (.431)

MLB betting fans should note the clear advantage at the plate that the Angels have in this matchup. Los Angeles ranks among the top teams in the league at the plate while Tampa Bay is consistently in the bottom 10.

These numbers might be skewed by the incredible play of Mike Trout , but the team is still one of the best from top to bottom right now.

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Los Angeles Angels vs Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: TB -115, LAA -105
  • Spread: TB -1.5 (+140), LAA +1.5 (-160)
  • Total: O/U 7.5

Why Is Tampa The Favorite?

Honestly, it’s confusing trying to find out why Tampa Bay are slight favorites in this matchup. The Rays are on the road, have worse batting numbers, worse bullpen numbers and only a very minor, if any, advantage in starting pitching.

Online sportsbooks usually have accurate lines, but bettors might be able to take advantage of some favorable betting odds for the Angels. Having odds of -105 despite holding a statistical advantage in nearly every major category doesn’t make much sense, but lines like this always make you second guess yourself.

Betting opportunities like this don’t come around too often and should be taken advantage of. Even if things don’t work out, sometimes the MLB odds are too good not to jump on.

How to Watch

The game is set to start at 9:38 p.m. EST and will be aired on ESPN3 and MLB Extra Innings.