As per usual, the Friday night MLB slate is jam-packed. There’s just one game on the afternoon docket, and a whopping 14 this evening. That leaves us with plenty of different directions to go for our viewing and handicapping pleasure. Here’s the game we’ll be focusing our efforts on.
It’s an American League battle out in Fenway Park, and a projected run total of 11 suggests we could see some fireworks before the night is through. The Los Angeles Angels are spending the weekend in Boston for a four-game set with the Red Sox.
The hosts opened up the series with a win yesterday, but the team has been struggling overall with a record of 2-3 over the last five games. Struggling doesn’t even begin to explain what’s ailing the Angels, a team which brings a seven-game losing streak to the table for tonight’s festivities.
It should be an entertaining night at the ballpark in Boston. Let’s break down this contest in full detail, starting with the way the oddsmakers see things playing out.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 PM EST, MLBN
Angels vs. Red Sox Pick:
This series opened up on Thursday with a 3-0 win for Boston. Chris Sale fanned 13 batters over eight innings to get the win. For the evening, Los Angeles could only muster two hits. Sam Travis was the offensive hero for the Red Sox with a two-run shot in the 2nd inning.
The Angels are a dreadful 2-8 over the last 10 games. The club is in 4th place in the AL West, 19.5 games back of the division-leading Houston Astros. The club is 29-28 in home games for the season and 27-32 on the road this year.
The Red Sox are also 2-8 over the last 10 games, but the club has won two of its last three contests. They’re in 3rd place in the AL East, 16 games behind the 1st place New York Yankees. Boston is 29-30 at home on the year and 32-26 in away tilts.
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The Angels opened up the week in Cincinnati with a quick two-game set versus the Reds. They dropped both of the games by a combined score of 15-8. Prior to that, the club was in Cleveland for a weekend set with the Indians.
They lost all three games by a combined margin of 20-7. Los Angeles hasn’t racked up a victory since a 6-1 win at home over the Detroit Tigers on July 30. The team wraps up a nine-game road swing with this series. They’re 0-7 thus far.
The Red Sox were home to begin the week for two with the Kansas City Royals. After winning the opener by a score of 7-5, they dropped the second game 6-2. The club spent last weekend in the Bronx for four with the Yankees.
It didn’t go well. New York swept the series by a combined margin of 26-12. From late July into early August, the club suffered through an eight-game losing streak. This series will mark the end of a seven-game homestand for Boston.
It’s a clear advantage for the Red Sox at the plate, and they have produced better results over the last five games as well. Rafael Devers is batting .315 to lead Boston. J.D. Martinez is the team leader with 25 homers, while Xander Bogaerts is tops with 87 RBIs. Mike Trout leads the way for the Angels with a .299 BA, 38 HRs, and 89 ribbies. Kole Calhoun has contributed 25 dongs and 59 RBIs.
Barria has six starts and 11 total appearances this year. He was blown up for 10 runs by the Seattle Mariners back on July 19, but he has managed to settle down since then. Last time out, he gave up three earned runs over three innings in a loss to the Cleveland Indians. Johnson has appeared in eight games with three starts. He gave up three over three in a no-decision versus the Yankees last time.
These two bullpens are pretty close overall. Los Angeles arms have seen more innings of work, but the team uses an opener often. Each of Barria’s last 10 appearances have been for five innings or less. Johnson has only reached five innings once this season. All of his other appearances have been for three innings or less.
Yesterday’s series opener and victory for the Red Sox was the first time these two clubs hooked up in 2019. They are currently playing a four-game set. They’ll be hooking up for three later this year out in Los Angeles, starting on August 30.
Neither of these two squads are playing particularly well of late. They both bring matching records of 2-8 over their last 10 games to the table tonight. However, the Red Sox have shown a little life while winning two of three. We can’t say the same about an Angels squad which has lost seven games in a row.
For tonight’s game, Boston is a big favorite in a game with a big projected run total. We’re expecting runs on the board for both sides, but we like the Red Sox to get the victory when all is said and done.