Gameday preview: How to watch Shohei Ohtani, Shane McClanahan Duel Wednesday
ANAHEIM, Calif. — It’s hard to beat a no-hitter, but ace pitchers Shane McClanahan and Shohei Ohtani will try to do it Wednesday night when the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels wrap up their streak at Angel Stadium.
The two stars have both been very good so far this season, with ERAs around 3.00. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET — which is 4:10 p.m. on the West Coast, and the shadows will add to the problems for hitters on both sides.
McClanahan is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts against the Angels, including his only start at Angel Stadium on May 4, 2021 when he went four scoreless innings.
Ohtani, who both hits and throws and was the American League’s most valuable player a year ago, is 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA so far this season. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash marvels at what he’s capable of, both on the mound and on the plate.
“We’re seeing something we’ve never seen,” Cash said. “I don’t know anyone who would say, ‘Oh, in five years we’ll see him again. In 10 years we’ll see him again. I don’t think anyone feels that guilty. is a truly special talent.
The game is nationally televised on Fox Sports 1, as well as Bally Sports Sun.
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Here’s how to watch Wednesday’s game, complete with game time and TV info, starting lineups, bios and, of course, our daily good dose of news nuggets.
How to watch Rays at Angels
- Who: Tampa Bay Rays (18-13) vs. Los Angeles Angels (12-16)
- When: 7:07 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 11
- Or: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA.
- TV: FS1, Bally Sports Sun
- Flow: Fubo.tv CLICK HERE
- Bally Sports Sun Advertisers: Dewayne Staats (play-by-play), Brian Anderson (color commentary), and Tricia Whitaker (in-game reporter).
- Radio: WDAE 95.3 FM; SiriusXM channel 176 (Angels broadcast; Rays online only)
- Radio hosts: Andy Freed and Dave Wills.
- Last line: Los Angeles is favored at minus-133 on the money line according to the SISportsbook.com website’s opening line Wednesday afternoon. The radii are plus-110. The over/under is 6.5, tied for the lowest number of the season.
History of Rays-Angels
- Rays vs Angels Series All Time History: Los Angeles holds a 103-90 series advantage dating back to 1998. The Rays are just 46-53 in Anaheim and have lost the first two nights of that trip. The Rays went 6-1 against the Angels a year ago and will play them four times in St. Petersburg from August 22-25.
Rays-Angels Newest Game
- Angels 12, Rays 0: Tuesday was a tough night for Tampa Bay as they weren’t hit by Angels rookie Reid Detmers. It was the sixth time in franchise history that the Rays were untouched, but the first time since 2012. For full game history, CLICK HERE
Projected starting pitchers
- Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan: Shane McClanahan was the Rays’ opening day starter, and he’s been very good at six starts so far. He beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 last Thursday in Seattle. He’s 2-2 this season with a 3.06 ERA. He has 47 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings. It’s tied for the American League lead with Chicago’s Dylan Cease.
- Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani: Shohei Ohtani is the American League’s reigning Most Valuable Player and baseball’s talk because he’s a two-way player. The Rays have already seen his power in this series, when he hit two home runs on Monday night, including his first-ever professional Grand Slam. As a pitcher, he’s made 40 starts for the Angels since 2018, and he’s 16-7 — a .696 winning percentage — with a 3.47 ERA. He has 263 strikeouts in just 210 innings.
- Radius range: Waiting
- Composition of sailors: Waiting
- Nugget n°1: The Rays are 18-13 and have played at a high level, but there have been several nights this season where they downright stink. They’ve lost 11-3 and 12-0 to the Angels so far, and it’s the sixth and seventh time this season they’ve allowed eight or more runs. It’s the second worst in baseball behind the Cincinnati Reds, who are by far the worst team in the sport right now. The Reds are 6-24 this season. Not very good company for the Rays to keep.
- Nugget n°2: Wednesday’s game is the last of 16 straight games for the Rays, the longest streak of the season without a day off. They went 3-3 at home with the Mariners and Twins, then won the first six games of the road trip, three at Oakland and three at Seattle before losing in extra innings on Sunday. They lost the first two games in Anaheim and have the day off Thursday before opening an important series with AL East rival Toronto on Friday at Tropicana Field.
- Nugget n°3: Tampa Bay outfielder Manuel Margot earned AL Player of the Week honors Monday, but then went a little lame Monday night, dealing with a hamstring issue. He didn’t play on Tuesday and probably won’t see action on Wednesday either, so he can use the rest day to recuperate. He’s been crazy hot so far in May, going 15 for 31 so far – a .484 average – with three home runs and 13 RBIs.
- Nugget n°4: With Margot limited, the Rays recalled infielder Vidal Brujan from Triple-A Durham. He was briefly in April with the Rays and hit .300 there. Calvin Fauchet, who surrendered the grand slam to Ohtani the same day he was called, was fired.