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MLB Thursday Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox: Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

Boston Red Sox Vs. Los Angeles Angels 8/23/12: Mark's Free MLB Baseball Pick

Thursday night baseball and we will see the Los Angeles Angels take on the Boston Red Sox in game 3 of their 3 game series. The game is scheduled for a 7:10 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on FS West (Los Angeles) and NESN (Boston). Currently the ODDS have Los Angeles favored at -106while Los Angeles is dogs of -101. The total for the game sits at 9.5 runs. 64% of the Public is currently on the Angels, while 78% is on the Over. Get all the Public's action by clicking HERE.

Free Analysis: The Los Angeles Angels will look to complete a sweep of the host Boston Red Sox, but they could be missing a key cog on Thursday. Albert Pujols pulled up with tightness in his right calf while running to third base during the Angels' 7-3 triumph on Wednesday. The veteran slugger will undergo an MRI prior to Thursday's tilt (Check Status). Los Angeles' offense wasn't the worse for wear as it collected 15 hits to defeat the Red Sox for the fourth straight time at Fenway Park. The Angels will be vying for their first sweep of Boston since July 2008. In order to accomplish the feat, Thursday starter C.J. Wilson (9-9, 3.62 ERA) will be looked upon to post his first win in nearly two months. C.J. Wilson hasn't won since June 26 - a span of 10 starts - and he is 0-4 with a 7.02 ERA in his last 7 starts. He has pitched well vs the Sox, going 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in his last 5 starts vs them. The 31-year-old was shelled for seven runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings on Saturday, but walked away with a no-decision versus Tampa Bay. The Red Sox are simply struggling struggling in the most important facets of the game; pitching and hitting. A 7-3 loss to the Angels on Wednesday did nothing to change that trend and it saddled Boston with defeats in eight of eleven. Starter Clay Buchholz struggled through 5.1 innings with seven runs given up on 12 hits and a walk which was too much for the Boston attack to overcome. The bats totaled ten hits and walked twice with Ryan Lavarnway connecting on an RBI double with Mike Aviles hitting a sacrifice fly.  Franklin Morales (3-4, 3.67 ERA) has dropped his last two contests after pitching 5 1/3 innings in both outings. The 26-year-old yielded five runs - including four homers - in a 6-4 loss to the rival New York Yankees on Friday. Morales has struggled at Fenway Park, posting a 5.16 ERA - as opposed to a 2.66 mark on the road. Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka fared well in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, prompting speculation that he could return to the Red Sox rotation as early as this weekend. Manager Bobby Valentine admitted that Matsuzaka offered a good performance, but did not release the rotation for the upcoming series against Kansas City.

Free Pick: CJ Wilson is due and I will go with him in this start. All year the Sox have not played well in their own park as they are just 29-36 here. They have also not played well of late, winning 6 of their last 20 games and have fallen well back in the Wildcard race. This looks like a team that has given up and the Angels will benefit as their quest for a Wildcard spot continues. CJ Wilson has struggled of late, but he does come in with a 4-0 mark and a 1.08 ERA in his last 5 starts vs the Sox. Franklin Morales is off two rough outings and while he has a 2-2 mark at home he also has a bad 5.16 ERA to go with it.I feel this will be a case of one team wanting it more. The Angels need this game badly and with or without Pujols they will find a way to get it.  

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