Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels Matchup

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The Boston Red Sox will be facing off against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. New England Sports Network will broadcast this AL showdown and the first pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET.

Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Los Angeles (-115) as the favorite over Boston (+105). The total is sitting at 8.5 runs and gamblers can take the over for even money (+100) and the under for -120. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s runline with the current odds standing at Red Sox +1.5 runs (-200) and Angels +-1.5 runs (+170).

The Angels are 13-4 SU and 11-5 ATS. The team has gained 10.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.8 units against the spread (ATS). Los Angeles has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Red Sox are 14-2 SU and have gone 8-7 ATS. Overall, the team’s accumulated 10.3 units for moneyline gamblers through the early portions of the season and 1.4 units ATS. Bostonhas covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

Angels games have a 9-7 over/under record thus far in 2018. Boston has an over/under record of 8-6-1.

Rick Porcello will get the start for Boston. The right-handed Porcello is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA and 17 strikeouts. He has yet to face Los Angeles this year, but he made two starts against the Angels in 2017, compiling a 1-1 record against them with a 3.77 ERA and 14 strikeouts.

The Angels are handing the ball to lefty Tyler Skaggs (2-0, 1.69 ERA), who has 17 strikeouts and six walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.19. Skaggs did not record a start against the Red Sox in 2017.

Boston’s pitching staff allowed 3.0 runs per game and its starters own a 2.05 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 9.72 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.92, along with a WHIP of 1.06.

Red Sox hitters have slashed .283/.360/.475 on their way to 6.2 runs scored per game this year, including 7.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (5-0 SU).

Boston’s offense has been powered by outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Betts is slashing .389/.493/.796 with five home runs, 13 RBIs and 19 runs scored, while Bogaerts has a .368 average with two homers, nine RBIs and seven runs scored.

Betts performed well against lefties last year. Across 148 plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .306/.412/.516 (compared to his overall season line of .264/.344/.459).

For the home team, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game overall this season. The team’s starters have a 4.08 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.05 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense has put up 6.1 runs per contest, including 6.6 per game over its last 10 games and 5.0 per game over its last five. The team has hit .278/.350/.433 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Angels’ hitters have been led by Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. Trout is slashing .273/.395/.591 with six home runs, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored, and Ohtani’s line is .367/.424/.767 with three homers, 11 RBIs and five runs.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .306/.442/.629, Trout seemed to enjoy hitting righties at home last season, slashing .352/.468/.753 over 203 such plate appearances.

The Red Sox have gained 1.0 units and are 0-1 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in zero of those games, compared to one that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 7.2 units and are 9-4 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in eight of those games, compared to five that’ve gone under.

Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The Red Sox have won 14 of their last 15 games SU.
  • Boston has recorded 29.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 30.8 over its last five.
  • Both teams have hit 15 home runs over their last 10 games.