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Tampa Bay Rays have a Monday night game against the Los Angeles Angels. Can Jeffrey Springs Thompson rack up the strikeouts against this Angels team? John Hyslop is here to answer with this strikeout prop.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, Pick, Odds: Can Jeffrey Springs Rack Up the Strikeouts?

I'm going to the beach with the family for a few days so obviously I'm going to need some action. I looked through the day games and if we're being honest, not great. Not even good really. But, I didn't stop at the day games. I kept scrolling and I didn't even get all the way down to the bottom before I saw a play that could actually get a sportsbook employee arrested. I'm serious. If I owned a sportsbook and one of my employees posted a line like the one you're about to read about, I'd call the police. I'm not even a snitch either. It's that bad. I get making a mistake but this is legitimately a criminal act. There's just no explanation for it. We're talking double agent for the other side here. Lucky for us, we at least get to reap the benefits from it but if we're being honest (we are), I don't feel great about it. I feel like we're stealing.

Rays vs Angels Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: August 22, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:10 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels Pick

Jeffrey Springs Over 5.5 Strikeouts (+100) (Bet $100 to win $100)

*Odds available at DraftKings at time of publishing*

We're at DraftKings for this one since FanDuel is showing 5.5 (-120) which is a little more respectable. It definitely doesn't look as criminal as a 5.5 with a plus sign by it. BetMGM isn't up yet but I'm pretty sure when they wake up they'll be in line with what DraftKings has so we're safe to pull the trigger there. We don't want to wait for any of the boss types to see the criminal act and change it. I know if I was in charge, I'd change it. The 5.5 with a plus sign doesn't even look right next to Springs' name.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction

Let me tell you a little bit about Jeffrey Springs. The guy is an absolute beast. I know the Tampa Bay Rays do weird stuff with their pitchers but honestly, they don't really mess with him. You have to assume it's because of his beast status. At 6'3", 218 pounds (oddly specific), he's gone the size of a guy I'd create on MLB The Show. It's not his size I like most though. It's the fact that after he was drafted, he only got a $1000 signing bonus so he worked at the YMCA so he could work out for free. That's the kind of guy we need to back.

You can tell Springs still works out because he's got 95 strikeouts in just 89.1 innings of work this season. Guys that don't work out can't do that. He's not quite flying under the one strikeout per innings pitched radar but he's close enough that they are still hanging 5.5s on him. That's fine with me. Over his last four starts, he's eclipsed that number in two of them but one of those starts was against the Cleveland Guardians so that one doesn't even count. They don't really strike out so we would have never played him in that situation.

Tonight, we get to see Springs against the Los Angeles Angels which is what dreams are made of. So far this season, no team in MLB has struck out more than the Angels. They just love to whiff which is fine with me. And Jeffrey Springs (probably). Over the last two weeks, they've straightened up a bit but they've still fanned 123 times in their last 436 at bats. That's bad. We could see at least seven guys in the lineup today that have whiffed at least 25% of the time over the last couple of weeks so it's not like they've straightened up that much. Jeffrey Springs is going to embarrass these so-called Angels tonight.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.


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