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MLB Betting: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels

Since 2010 the Angeles have only one playoff appearance with the MLB betting odds.  But in the early going of the 2022 season, we see a new-look Los Angeles team.  First place in the American League West surprisingly belongs to the LA.  Gamblers now wonder if it’s a temporary or permanent residence.  After years of failure, the Angels are a tough sell to many casuals.  Counter to that is a proven Tampa Bay team.  The Rays are seeking their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.  And their third straight American League East title. 

MLB Betting: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
Time: 7:07 p.m. ET
Location: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
TV Coverage: FS1

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels

Tampa Bay Rays +1½ ( -200 ) 6½ ( -120 ) +107
Los Angeles Angels -1½ ( +170 ) 6½ ( EV ) -117
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CashBet Odds Analysis – Proven Champion vs. New Contender

On the whole, the Rays remain one of the great upstarts on any sportsbook board.  Tampa Bay has a payroll ranked near the smallest in MLB.  And that has always been the case.  Yet the Rays have become one of the most consistent winners in the game.  Although many casuals avoid Tampa Bay, others have crossed the line to take advantage of their betting value.  Wise Guys have long loved the Rays for being an ignored winner that brings value.

The Angels are a team that has often let down the masses.  Los Angeles has boasted 3-time American League Most Valuable Player Mike Trout and has nothing to show for it.  Additionally, hiring manager Joe Maddon in 2020 was seen as the missing piece.  Madden has not been able to make an impact on Los Angeles after two seasons.  Above all, he may finally have the roster that he needs for success in 2022.

Angels Sending New Converts to the Cashier’s Cage

Late on, the Angeles have won six of their most recent ten games.  Only three of their last ten games have cleared the Betting on baseball total.  LA is 19-11 and leads the American League West.  Overall, the Angels rank 5th for run production, 4th for home runs, 13th for earned run average, and 16th for bullpen earned run average.

Rays of Hope and Profits for Happy Bettors

Tampa Bay has won eight of its last ten games with the MLB betting lines.  In just one of their last eight games, the Rays went under the total.  In sum, Tampa Bay is 18-11 and 9-3 on the road.  The Rays rank 8th for run production, 13th for home runs, 7th for earned run average, and 5th for bullpen earned run average.

Cash and the Miracle Man

Joe Maddon made his name as manager of the Rays.  Most important of all, he took Tampa Bay to an improbable World Series.  Maddon set the tone for the Rays winning with no payroll.  Subsequently, he ended the Chicago Cubs World Series curse that lasted over a century.  His arrival to the Angels sparked baseball betting optimism that is finally paying off.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash has maintained the winning with nothing tradition started by Maddon.  Cash is a 2-time American League manager of the year.  Accordingly, he is credited as a masterful button-pusher the finds the right player for the right time.  

Key Players in This Matchup

Lefty Shane McClanahan is 2-2 with a 3.06 earned run average with a WHIP of 0.99.   Last year he was 10-6 as a rookie for Tampa Bay.  Righty Shohei Ohtani is 3-2 with a 3.08 earned run average and WHIP of 1.03.  Of course, Ohtani was the AL Most Valuable Player in 2021.  Of great concern is that his plate production has dramatically dropped in 2022.

Namely, Mike Trout has stormed back from a lost 2021 MLB gambling season to power the Angels.  Trout has produced 19 runs, eight doubles, six home runs, and 13 runs batted in.  And then Wander Franco powers the Rays with 19 runs, eight doubles, four home runs, 15 runs batted in, and a .310 average.

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