Marcus Stroman didn’t stand a chance yesterday against the Rangers, as they torched him early and often. We didn’t stand a chance either, as the Blue Jays fell to the Rangers, 11-4 on Thursday. It was the worst start of Stroman’s career and we unfortunately had to take the brunt of it. When it rains it pours, and right now the last week has been miserable. I cannot remember the last time I have lost six games in a row.
Luckily enough, despite the bad run, we are still up in June thanks to a monster run to start the month. We also had a profitable May, so this should be just a blip on the map when it’s all said and done. We turn our attention to Boston, where the Angels and Red Sox will duel it out at Fenway. The Angels are turning their attention away from the Yankees, and towards their rival, the Red Sox.
It was a rather successful date at Yankee Stadium for the Angels, who took two of three from the Yankees. The Yanks won a game, but it’s been a colossal mess for them of late. Another series lost, and they are now 39-31 and tied for 1st in the American League East.
For a minute there, it looked like the Yankees were going to be able to cruise all the way to the postseason without any hiccups. Well, the season is long and grueling, with a lot of ups and downs. The Yankees have to hold on to this thing here, though. Another bad run is going to push them below .500.
They’ve gone 2-8 in their last ten games, as their cold ways have continued back home at Yankee Stadium. The Bronx was expected to give them a jolt, but all they did is lose another series to the Angels, this time at home. The Red Sox can seize this opportunity to take a lead in the division and pass the Yankees.
A win tonight over the Angels, and a Yankee loss would do just that. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last ten games, along with the Rays who went 6-4, too. Tampa are in the mix, 2.5 games back of the Yankees. The Yanks’ slide has given everyone else in the division life. It will be Rick Porcello’s responsibility on the mound tonight. He must be better that much is for sure. Head below to get our free MLB betting pick.
L.A. Angels vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Alex Meyer (3-3, 3.52 ERA) vs. Rick Porcello (3-9, 5.05 ERA)
Porcello has seen his share of emotions in Boston with the Red Sox. His first year didn’t go exactly as planned, but he came back in spectacular fashion to win a Cy Young. His record of 22-4 was unmatched and he was feeling confident about repeating with another Cy Young. As we approach July, it’s safe to say that Porcello isn’t winning any awards in 2017. Porcello holds a 5.05 ERA with a 3-9 record. In other words, he’s already more than doubled his loss total from last season and we’re not even at the half-way mark yet.
Is Porcello feeling complacent after capturing a Cy Young in 2016? Whatever the reason is, there is something definitely wrong with his arm. Is there an injury bothering him? It would seem that way, but the Red Sox haven’t said anything, nor has Porcello complained.
In his last three starts, he’s allowed 17 runs for an ERA of 8.35. He’s also been worse at home in Boston, where he couldn’t lose a game if he tried last season. Porcello has posted an ERA of 5.40 with a 1.53 WHIP at Fenway. After exerting himself so much for that Cy Young last year, I’d say it’s taken a toll on him. Alex Meyer has been playing the Jekyll and Hyde role this season on the road and at home. He has a 2.02 ERA at home, however, that number balloons to 5.59 on the road, including a 1.76 WHIP. I can see some runs at Fenway tonight, so the OVER looks like a winner.
PICK: OVER 10.5 (-110)