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Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/18/14

Los Angeles Angels (72-50) at Boston Red Sox (56-67)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

C.J. Wilson (L) (9-8) (4.707) vs. Brandon Workman (R) (1-5) (4.633)

The Line: Boston Red Sox +116 / Los Angeles Angels -126 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


The Boston Red Sox host the Los Angeles Angels for a four game series at Fenway Park.

The Los Angeles Angels are in the midst of a heated divisional battle with the Oakland A’s in the AL West, but regardless of whether they emerge victorious it appears highly likely that a Wild Card berth is still in order at this stage of the season.  The Angels won two of three against the Rangers over the weekend, as Huston Street blew his first save and allowed his first run in 13 innings with the Angels since coming over from the Padres in Sunday’s 3-2 loss.  The Angels offense that ranks in the top five in runs scored, batting average and slugging wasn’t sharp scoring just two runs on seven hits.  Nonetheless, the output would’ve seemed to be enough to get the win if not for Street being asked to work three consecutive nights, a scenario that rarely played out in his time with San Diego. 

Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/18/14


C.J. Wilson takes the mound for the Angels hoping to duplicate his last outing after a series of rough starts.  Last game against the Phillies, Wilson allowed two runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings;  In the four starts prior Wilson allowed 19 earned runs on 22 hits over a span of just 15 innings for an ERA of 11.40.  For the season Wilson has a WHIP of 1.40 and ERA of 4.71 with a record of 9-8.   The lefty Wilson has yet to face the Red Sox this season, but the Red Sox active roster is hitting .266 lifetime against him over 109 at bats.  Dustin Pedroia is hitting .429 over 29 at bats and Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .400 over 15 at bats.

The Boston Red Sox split their weekend series with the Astros 2-2, getting pummeled 8-1 in Sunday’s finale as Joe Kelly took his first lumps with the Red Sox after two strong starts prior since coming over from the Cardinals.  Kelly allowed seven runs on seven hits while walking six batters over just four innings of work.  The offense really had no chance at coming back after the hole Kelly dug as Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had two hits with the Red Sox scoring just once on eight total hits.  In the two wins in the series, the Red Sox scored a combined 19 runs with David Ortiz hitting two home runs. 

The Red Sox will turn to Brandon Workman to open up Monday’s series.  Workman has been fairly pedestrian across 14 appearances (10 starts) this season as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.26, ERA of 4.45 and record of just 1-5.  Workman has only faced one Angel for one at bat in his career, serving up a solo home run to Albert Pujols.  For the season at home the 26 year old righty Workman has a home ERA of 4.36 while failing to win in five starts. 

Neither starter inspires much confidence and with the Red Sox playing some high scoring affairs over the weekend at Fenway, I’ll make the leap that the conditions are similar enough here to support the same output with a much more competent opponent in town in the Angels.

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