Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels Free Preview

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The Boston Red Sox will be taking on the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. New England Sports Network will broadcast this AL matchup and the action gets going at 10:07 p.m. ET.

Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Los Angeles (+100) as the underdog to Boston (-110). Gamblers can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -120 for over 9 runs and even money (+100) for under 9. The game’s current runline odds sit at +135 for betting the Red Sox -1.5 runs and -155 for the Angels +1.5 runs.

The Red Sox have gone 15-2 SU this year and are 9-7 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 11.8 units for moneyline bettors over the early portions of the year and 2.4 units ATS. The Angels, on the other hand, are 13-5 SU and 11-6 ATS. The team’s gained 8.5 units for moneyline bettors and 6.8 units ATS.

Los Angeles games have a 10-7 over/under record so far in 2018. The Red Sox have an over/under record of 9-6-1.

Eduardo Rodriguez is getting the nod for the visiting Red Sox. The left-handed Rodriguez is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA and 15 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Angels this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Angels are putting the ball in the hands of righty Nick Tropeano (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who’s got six strikeouts and two walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.20. Tropeano did not pitch in the majors in 2017.

Boston’s pitchers have allowed 2.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 1.91 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 9.67 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.74, along with a K-per-9 of 9.83.

Red Sox hitters have slashed .287/.362/.485 on their way to 6.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including 8.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (5-0 SU).

Right fielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts have led Boston’s hitters. Betts is hitting .390/.486/.763 with five home runs, 13 RBIs and 20 runs scored, while Bogaerts (.368/.400/.711) is up to two homers, nine RBIs and seven runs scored.

For the home team, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starters have a 4.50 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.21 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.6 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense is putting up 5.8 runs per contest, including 5.3 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .263/.316/.397 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Angels’ offense has been led by Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. Trout is slashing .286/.400/.586 with six home runs, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored, while Ohtani’s line sits at .367/.424/.767 with three homers, 11 RBIs and five runs.

Compared to his total season slash line of .306/.442/.629, Trout didn’t do as well hitting against left-handed pitching at home last season, slashing .150/.306/.350 over 49 such plate appearances.

The Red Sox have gained 10.8 units and are 9-6 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to five that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 1.4 units and are 2-2 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over’s hit in two of those games, compared to two that went under the total.

Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in only one of Boston’s last seven games.
  • The Red Sox have won 15 of their last 16 games SU.
  • Los Angeles has posted 25.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.4 over its last five.
  • The Red Sox have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games, including 12 over their last five.