The Tampa Bay Rays are fighting to stay in the American League Wild Card picture and perhaps put pressure on the New York Yankees and will host a Los Angeles Angels team that has seen things go south on them this summer.
After starting the season 27-17, the Angels are 25-52 in their last 77 games and are averaging just 3.2 runs per game, but have Mike Trout back after missing most of this rough patch.
Trout is launching a home run every 12.1 at-bats despite dealing with injury this season, but does have a .361 on-base percentage, which is on pace to be his worst mark since his rookie season in 2011.
Much of the Angels' struggles have to do with the pitching as the team is 33-48 with Trout in the lineup and 19-20 without him, with 4.5 runs per game allowed during their 25-52 stretch.
The pitching struggles are unlikely to get better on Monday with the start going to Tucker Davidson, who was acquired from Atlanta at the trade deadline. Davidson has a 6.75 ERA in five pitching appearances between both teams this season with eight runs allowed across 10 innings in his first two starts with the Angels.
The Rays enter play having scored at least four runs in six of their past nine games while the Angels have surrendered at least four runs in five of their past six games.
The Angels are ranked 20th in bullpen ERA at 4.14 since June 28 and with the Rays 17th in that same statistic in this span, Monday’s contest will likely feature lots of runs.
The Play: Angels vs Rays Over 7
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