Game Preview & Expert MLB Betting Pick: Angels vs Red Sox.

Game Preview & Expert MLB Pick: Angels vs Red Sox

Written by on June 28, 2018

There is a very good reason why MLB Betting enthusiasts tend to not get too carried away when talking about a team that makes a great start to the season. At 162 games, the Major League Baseball season is definitely more of a marathon than a sprint, and there are teams who sprint out to an early lead, only to find that they fall back to the pack after a period of time. That is where the Los Angeles Angels are right now, as they have fallen well off the pace in the AL West after a strong start. They still have plenty of time to put things right, but the games don’t get any easier for them, as they are currently coming to the end of a 3-game series against the high-flying and MLB Odds favorite Boston Red Sox. The Beantown squad started the season strong and have yet to slow down. They are in a dogfight with the New York Yankees in the East and will be looking to keep things going with a sweep of the Angels on Thursday night.

Los Angeles at Boston Game Preview & Expert MLB Betting Pick

  • When: Thursday, June 28 at 7 PM EST
  • Where: Fenway Park, Boston
  • Starting Pitchers: Jaime Barria vs. Brian Johnson
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • Live Stream: MLB.tv
  • MLB Odds: Boston Red Sox -145 (Over/Under at 10.5)

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Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Runs: Los Angeles Angels 3.20 / Boston Red Sox 6.10
  • Hits: Los Angeles Angels 7.10 / Boston Red Sox 10.40
  • Walks: Los Angeles Angels 2.90 / Boston Red Sox 2.70
  • Strikeouts: Los Angeles Angels 8.60 / Boston Red Sox 6.80

Why bet on the LA Angels?

To be fair to the Angels, their slide coincides with a spate of injuries to their best players. Ohtani is out indefinitely, and Mike Trout is playing the DH role until he is healthy enough to return to the field. The Angels come into this one having lost 5 in a row, including the opening two games in this series, and are now in danger of dropping to .500 with the loss. It is the same old story for this team, as it all too often feels as though Trout is carrying the rest of the Angels on his shoulders. It’s a role he seems to relish, but more players need to step up and contribute if the Angels are to get back in this thing. Pitching has been an issue, with the Angels staff down near the middle of the pack in all the major stats. It will be Jaime Barria (5-3, 3.40 ERA) who will get the start in this one.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Runs: 4.46
  • Hits: 8.38
  • Walks: 3.33
  • Strikeouts: 7.74
Defense
  • Runs: 4.27
  • Hits: 8.46
  • Walks: 3.49
  • Strikeouts: 9.05

Why bet on the Boston Red Sox?

Barring some sort of dramatic collapse in the second half, we are probably going to see the Boston Red Sox in the postseason. The question right now is whether that will be as a division winner or via the Wild Card. For now, the Red Sox have a half-game lead over the Yankees in the East and are currently riding a 3-game winning streak that includes the opening two games of this series. Boston comes in as the MLB Betting favorite against the Angels on Thursday Night. Boston is the second highest scoring team in the league, putting together a very impressive +123 run differential through the first half of the season. They have been particularly tough to beat in their own building, going 27-12. The Red Sox will send Brian Johnson (1-2, 4.50 ERA) to the mound as they look to complete the sweep.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Runs: 5.21
  • Hits: 9.28
  • Walks: 3.20
  • Strikeouts: 7.74
Defense
  • Runs: 3.69
  • Hits: 7.75
  • Walks: 3.07
  • Strikeouts: 9.70

Latest MLB Betting Trends

  • Angels are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on the road
  • Angels are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Angels’ last 8 games on the road
  • Red Sox are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Red Sox are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing LA Angels

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The slight edge on pitching may go to the Angels in this one, but I still believe it will be the Boston Red Sox who get the job done in a close one. Score: LA Angels 4 – Boston Red Sox 5