It sure didn’t take long for things to go horribly wrong for the Los Angeles Angels. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Angels were 27-17 and among the best teams in baseball. Today, they’re 27-29 and looking up at the Houston Astros in the AL West.
With a new manager leading the way, the Angels will look to get back into the win column for the first time since May 24th.
Bovada oddsmakers like the Red Sox to pick up another win in this one, however. Boston is a -135 moneyline favorite in a game that features an over/under of 8.5 runs.
Boston Red Sox
It wasn’t too long ago that the Red Sox were in flux themselves. Boston’s current 28-27 record is still good for just fourth in the loaded AL East, but this team was 11-20 back on May 11th.
They’ve been able to right the ship over the last month, however, thanks to the offense coming back around. Between April 7th and May 11th, the Red Sox averaged a paltry 3.45 runs across 31 games. In the 24 games since, however, Alex Cora’s squad is averaging an astounding 6.5 runs per game with a record of 17-7 in that span.
Garrett Whitlock will make another start for the BoSox on Tuesday night in Anaheim.
The Red Sox lost two of the three head-to-head meetings against the Angels in Boston back in early May. Needless to say, an awful lot has changed for both clubs in the months since then.
Los Angeles Angels
For a while, it seemed like this would be the year the Angels would finally get back to the postseason. Mike Trout has made the playoffs just once with this team since his debut 11 years ago. Shohei Ohtani, meanwhile, is still waiting for his first taste of MLB postseason action.
After fortifying their pitching staff over the winter, the Angels looked primed to challenge the Astros in the AL West. However, entering Tuesday’s action, the Angels are now 8.5 games adrift of Houston in the standings. LA is only a half-game ahead of a hot Rangers team, as well.
Reid Detmers is set to make another start for Los Angeles tonight. Detmers threw a no-hitter against the Rays earlier this season, but the rookie left-hander has otherwise struggled with his consistency in his first full year in the big leagues.
On the season, Detmers is 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA across nine starts. His 4.65 SIERA suggests his ERA is due for a bit of regression, however. Before holding the Yankees scoreless in 4.1 innings of work in his last start, the southpaw was knocked around for eight runs on eight hits in two consecutive outings by the Rangers.
Detmers yielded three runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work at Fenway against the Red Sox back on May 4th.
Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Game Pick
Frankly, the Angels have nowhere to go but up. This team is far too talented to be hanging around the .500 mark. Hopefully the decision to fire Maddon will give this squad the kick in the pants it sorely needs.
With the way the Red Sox have been swinging the bats over the past month, it’s hard not to like their chances of doing some damage against Detmers and the Angels’ struggling bullpen. Boston is fully capable of hitting the over on 8.5 runs by themselves in this game, but I do think the Angels will find some success against Whitlock, too.
I think this game will have plenty of offense on both sides, which makes the over on 8.5 runs look like the better wager.
Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Recap
- Moneyline: Red Sox -135, Angels +115
- Runline: Red Sox -1.5 (+200), Angels +1.5 (-150)
- Over/Under: Over 8.5 runs (-110), Under 8.5 runs (-110)
- Pick: Over 8.5 runs