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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Betting Pick from Larry Ness: July 14th 2017

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels
MLB Betting Pick: Angels +100 odds (July 14th 2017)

The LA Angels went 19-20 without Mike Trout, who suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb on May 28 that required surgery. The reigning American League MVP returns to the lineup on Friday, when the 45-47 Angels host the 47-43 Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of their three-game series. Los Angeles dropped seven of its last 10 contests prior to the All-Star break but sits just three games behind in the AL wild-card race (forget about the division race, as the Astros own a 16 1/2 game lead over LA!). The Rays currently own the second AL wild card spot but it is a crowded field, as seven teams are lurking within five games of a berth. “There are no easy series in this league,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash told reporters. “You look at the standings, obviously you separate the division, but then you look at the wild card, there are a lot of teams in the hunt. That’s a byproduct of just having a lot of good teams.”

Rookie Jacob Faria (4-0, 2.11 ERA) takes the mound for the Rays and struggling veteran Ricky Nolasco (4-10, 5.06 ERA) for the Angels. Faria has been superb since his recall from the minors, allowing just one run in four of his first six major-league starts (Rays are 5-1). He owns a 37-9 KW ratio, a WHIP and opposing batters have hit just .203 against him. Nolasco has served up 25 HRs in just 101.1 innings, just three shy of his career-high total from 2008 while with Miami. The Angels are 5-13 (minus-$708) in Nolasco’s 2017 starts and more bad news comes in that he’s 3-7 with a 6.67 ERA in 10 career starts against Tampa Bay.

However, Trout returns to the lineup after a 39-game absence on Friday and was batting .337 with 16 HRs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, a .461 on-base percentage, and a .742 slugging percentage prior to his injury. Is Trout any good? His return gives LA an emotional boost and I’ll take the home team.

Angels vs. Rangers MLB Betting Odds & Pick from Larry Wallace: July 8th 2017

Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers
MLB Betting Pick: Rangers -138 odds (July 8th 2017)

I like the Rangers here. Shortstop Elvis Andrus (paternity leave) and corner infielder Joey Gallo (hamstring) did not start on Friday, but second baseman Rougned Odor played though a hand injury and joined Adrian Beltre, Nomar Mazara and Jonathan Lucroy to supply Texas with all of its run production in a 10-0 rout in the opener. In addition to winning consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks, the Rangers (42-44) pulled into a virtual tie with the Angels (44-46) for second place in the American League West. Los Angeles has dropped four of five and failed to score more than three runs for the seventh time in 10 games – a stretch which includes three shutouts. Ross was unable to build on his best outing of the season but settled for a no-decision Sunday at the Chicago White Sox despite giving up four runs on four hits and five walks over five innings.

The California native enjoyed the finest of his four turns since coming off the disabled list on June 27, holding Cleveland to one run on two hits and two walks across six frames. Pujols is 1-for-10 against Ross, who is 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA in nine appearances (five starts) versus the Angels. Chavez was saddled with the loss for the third time in his last four outings Sunday against Seattle, giving up two runs on four hits in five frames – the fifth time in his last six turns he failed to make it through six innings. The 33-year-old hasn’t been particularly sharp on the road in nine trips to the mound either, going 2-5 with a 6.17 ERA. Beltre is 2-for-14 while Odor is 5-for-11 with a pair of home runs against Chavez, who is 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 appearances (five starts) against the Rangers. Beltre on Friday became the 21st player in major-league history to reach 5,000 total bases, while his three-RBI effort moved him into a tie with Hall-of-Famer George Brett (1,596) for 32nd place on the all-time list. Take Texas on the money line today for the win. Larry went 3-0 yesterday and had the 2nd best money payout

MLB Pick: Larry Ness betting the Seattle Mariners -154 odds on July 2nd 2017

Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels
MLB Pick: Seattle -154 odds (July 2nd 2017)

The Angels are nothing if not consistent, Los Angeles has won exactly 14 games in April, May and June to open the 2017 season but after opening July with a 4-0 Saturday win over Seattle, is hoping to surpass the 14-win threshold this month. The 43-42 Angels have little hope of catching the Astros in the AL West (Houston leads them by 13 1/2 games) but almost the entire AL is alive in the wild card chase. The Angels enter the rubber game of this three-game series (Seattle won 1-0 on Friday) just one game out of the second wild card spot while their opponent, the 40-42 Seattle Mariners, are just 2 1/2 games back. Saturday’s 4-0 loss means Seattle has lost five of its last six games and more bad news comes in he form of Nelson Cruz exiting Saturday’s contest in the fifth inning with a sore right knee (questionable for Sunday’s game).

Seattle lefty James Paxton (5-3, 3.44 ERA) takes the hill and will be opposed by the Angels’ Jesse Chavez (5-8, 5.04 ERA). Paxton started strong in 2017 (5-0 with a 1.69 ERA after eight starts) but he’s now win-less in his last four (0-3 with a 7.65 ERA). The good news is he has 17 Ks in his last two outings (12.1 innings) and that he’ 3-2 with a 2.12 ERA in eight career starts versus Los Angeles (team is 4-4).

Chavez bounced back from a rough outing against the New York Yankees by back on June 22 (5 ERs in 4 IP) by allowing two runs over 5.1 innings on Tuesday vs the Los Angeles Dodgers, although the Angels lost 4-0. He did not give up a home run in the loss, which snapped a franchise-record 13-game streak of allowing at least one. Chavez owns a 1-6 record and 5.40 ERA in 18 career games (eight starts / teams are 2-6) against the Mariners.

Paxton keeps teasing the Mariners by showing signs of brilliance, followed by stretches in which he looks more like a minor-leaguer. However, he has posted a 2.18 ERA in three outings at Angel Stadium and LA’s Chavez comes in having allowed five ERs or more in four of his last eight outings. I’m going with Seattle.