Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/21/14
Los Angeles Angels (75-50) at Boston Red Sox (56-70)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Matt Shoemaker (R) (9-3) (3.762) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (R) (4-4) (3.785)
The Line: Boston Red Sox +110 / Los Angeles Angels -120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Net, FSN-W, NESN
The Los Angeles Angels look to complete the four-game sweep over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Angels have won eight of their last 10 games and are 25 games above .500. The Angels offense has been on a tear lately, producing four or more runs in 11 of their last 16 games. The Angels have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Mike Trout has an RBI in three straight games and Albert Pujols has seven hits in his last five games. The Los Angeles Angels have an ERA of 3.62, which is 14th in the majors. Starting is Matt Shoemaker, who is 11-4 with a 3.84 ERA and has 93 strikeouts in 96 innings. This is Shoemaker’s second career game against the Red Sox.
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The Boston Red Sox have lost five of their last six games and are 14 games below .500. The Red Sox pitching staff has really been stinking it up lately, allowing four or more runs in eight straight games. Overall, the Boston Red Sox have an ERA of 3.89, which is 21st in the majors, and they’ve lost 16 of their last 19 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, David Ortiz has eight hits in this series and Dustin Pedroia has 14 hits in his last 10 games. Rubby De La Rosa takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 3.79 ERA and has 50 strikeouts in 71.1 innings. De La Rosa is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two career starts against the Angels.
The Angels are 5-1 in Shoemakers last 6 road starts and 11-4 in Shoemakers last 15 starts overall. The Red Sox are 5-1 in De La Rosas last 6 home starts and 2-6 in De La Rosas last 8 starts as an underdog.
You'd be a fool to turn down the Angels at this price with the way both teams have been playing and the fact Shoemacker has been money all season long.