Seems there are more important things on the minds of Angels fans than a series preview, but a win in this series may be the mood boost fans need right now.
The Tampa Bay Rays have three starters with a BAA under .167 and WHIP under 0.78. The good news, is we don't face any of those starters in this series.
More good news going into this series with our strained pitching staff is that the Rays have the lowest runs scored and AVG in the AL. The bad news is they are good at hitting home runs and if our offense doesn't show up, those could be the difference maker in some of these games. Is it too much to ask for a lot of marine layer when Weaver pitches at least?
In an effort to distract from the product on the field (don't look behind the curtain!), the Angels plan to pack the stands on Friday night with a World Record attempt for the "largest gathering of people using selfie-sticks". Yeah, that's not a horrible idea at all.
Biggest question: How annoying will those selfies sticks be in game 1?
Cory Rasmus vs. Chris Archer
Friday May 6, 2016 @ 7:05PM
Archer is having a rough year but historically has been an Angel killer. Fortunately, many of the Angels he is good at shutting down are not on the roster this year.
Jered Weaver vs. Jake Odorizzi
Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 6:05PM
Has Weaver turned into what we feared he would be in 2016, or does he still have gas in the tank?
Jake Odorizzi v. Angels Current Lineup (last 5 years)
Players/Stats to watch: None
Nick Tropeano vs. TBD
Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ 12:35PM
Tropeano hasn't faced any of these Rays dudes before and we don't know yet who is pitching for the Rays. What we do know, is that Tropeano is here to stay in the rotation for probably all of 2016. We don't have a lot of options, so hopefully Tropeano continues to pitch strong and gets better with time. We certainly need it.