Friday night baseball and we will see the Boston Red Sox travel to Anaheim to take on the Los Angeles Angels in game 1 of their 4 game series. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 10:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Red Sox +122
Over/ Under: 8 U -120
Boston went in to the break playing better as they won 9 of their last 13 games and many feel that they may be a team to watch in the 2nd half. Boston is in last place in the AL East, but just 6.5 games behind the Yanks for first place. The Halos have also been playing very well of late as they have won 11 of their last 14 games. That streak has enabled them to catch the Astros in the West by a half a game. The Red Sox rank 13th in scoring (4.22 rpg), while on the mound they are 28th in ERA (4.44). The Angels rank 15th in scoring (4.18 rpg), while on the mound they are 11th in ERA (3.64).
Trends for this game include: The Sox are 7-1 in their last 8 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game, but just 85-12 in their last 17 road games with the total set at 7.0-8.5, while the Angels are 21-8 in their last 29 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150, but just 1-4 in Wilson's last 5 starts when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Getting the ball for the Red Sox tonight will be Wade Miley, who is 8-8 with a 4.80 ERA in 18 starts this year, while on the road he is 4-5 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 starts. Miley is 10- with a 1.13 ERA in 1 career start vs the Angels.
Taking the hill for the Angels tonight will be CJ Wilson, who is 7-7 with a 3.83 ERA in 18 starts this year, while at home he has gone 4-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 9 starts. Wilson has made 11 career starts vs the Sox and he is 6-3 with a 2.90 ERA in those 11 starts.
Pick: We have two rather hot teams in this game and I will go with the home team here. Neither pitcher has been great this year, but Wilson has give up far less than Miley and the Sox are not a good hitting team vs lefties, while the Halos have been solid vs them this year. Boston has gone 8-21 in their last 29 road games vs. a left-handed starter, while the Angels are 25-9 in their last 34 home games vs. a left-handed starter. Usually when a team comes off a long road trip that is the best time to fade them, but the Halos have had a few days at home because of the break and I will look for them to pick up where they left off with their hot play by taking out Boston in game 1 tonight.
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