Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels - 7/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (32-47) at Boston Red Sox (42-36)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Fenway Park)
H Santiago (4-4) (5.27) vs. C Buchholz (3-8) (5.90)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -172 / Los Angeles Angels +162 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Angels and the Boston Red Sox will be appearing at historic Fenway Park once again in MLB action on Saturday.
This will be game two of the series. In the Friday opener, Boston eked out a 5-4 nail-biter. There where a whopping 28 hits in that game.
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The Angels will be rolling with left-hander Hector Santiago on Saturday. In his 16 starts this year, Santiago has produced a 4-4 record with a 5.27 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in 85.1 innings. On Sunday against the A’s, Santiago went six innings and allowed six runs on seven hits.
There are several big hitters at the Angels’ disposal. Mike Trout leads the way on 96 hits with 56 runs, 17 homers and 53 RBI. Kole Calhoun isn’t far back with his 87 hits, 45 runs, 10 homers and 42 RBI. Yunel Escobar has put up 85 hits with 33 runs and 20 RBI so far. Escobar has been out for the past week or so with a sore knee, and the DL is looking more and more like a possibility for him.
Over on the Red Sox side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Clay Buchholz on the mound Saturday. In 17 appearances (12 starts) and a 3-8 record this year, Buchholz has tabulated a 5.90 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP in 76.1 innings of work overall. In a loss to the Rangers his last time out, Buchholz posted seven hits with four earned runs.
Thankfully, Boston has quite a few reliable hitters on their roster. Xander Bogaerts has been crazy this year on 110 hits with 59 runs and 51 RBI. Mookie Betts has put up 102 hits with 68 runs, 16 homers and 54 RBI. Betts had three hits and a run in Friday’s win. Dustin Pedroia is up there too with 95 hits, 50 runs and 30 RBI in 2016.
The Angels are 5-13 in their last 18 game twos of a series, and 5-1 in Santiago’s last six game twos of a series. L.A. is also 4-1 in Santiago’s last five Saturday starts and 8-3 in Santiago’s last 11 road starts.
As for the Red Sox, they’re 13-5 in their last 18 Saturday games, and 2-4 in their last six overall. Boston is also 8-21 in Buchholz’s last 29 home starts and 0-4 in Buchholz’s last four starts overall.
I’ll give the Angels a slight edge here due to Buchholz’s recent struggles, but the over feels likely as well, despite the thick line.