Angels vs. Red Sox - 7/31/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (56-46) at Los Angeles Angels (47-57)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 3:35 pm (Angel Stadium)
S Wright (12-5) (3.12) vs. T Skaggs (1-0) (0.00)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +121 / Boston Red Sox -131 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.
The Boston Red Sox could use a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Red Sox have allowed nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Boston Red Sox have an ERA of 4.36 and have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Xander Bogaerts leads Boston with 139 hits, Mookie Betts has 68 RBI and Dustin Pedroia has 11 home runs. Steven Wright gets the nod, and he’s 12-5 with a 3.12 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. Wright is 2-1 with a 6.61 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
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The Los Angeles Angels look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Angels have scored nine runs in their last three games and five or more runs in nine of their last 15 games. The Los Angeles Angels offense continues to come through, and they’ve won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Los Angeles with 119 hits, Mike Trout has 65 RBI and Kole Calhoun has 10 home runs. Tyler Skaggs takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Skaggs’ first career game against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 10-4 in their last 14 Sunday games and 4-1 in Wrights last 5 starts. The Angels are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series and 5-0 in Skaggs' last 5 starts. The Red Sox are 10-23 in the last 33 meetings.
While Skaggs looked great in his first start of the season, he's still a pitcher who has just one MLB game under his belt since 2014. Facing this Red Sox lineup is a different ball game. So, while the Angels have caught fire since the All Star break, I have to give the edge to Boston on the road.