Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox - 7/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (54-42) at Los Angeles Angels (47-50)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:07 pm (Angel Stadium)
C Sale (11-4) (2.59) vs. R Nolasco (4-10) (4.49)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +178 / Boston Red Sox -190 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW, NESN
Out at Angel Stadium on Friday, the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels will be kicking off their MLB series.
The Red Sox are fresh off a series against the Blue Jays. Boston lost Monday but won the next two. In Thursday’s game, the Sox fell 8-6.
Taking the mound for the Sox on Friday will be lefty Chris Sale. In his 135.1 innings and 11-4 record this year, Sale has a 2.59 ERA with 191 Ks and 24 BBs.
Boston has some big hitters this year. Coming into Thursday, Mookie Betts led the way on 106 hits, 67 runs, 17 homers and 57 RBI, while Xander Bogaerts had 100 hits, 51 runs and 42 RBI. Betts hit twice with a run and two RBI on Thursday; Bogaerts had a hit and an RBI.
Over on the Angels’ side, they played the Nationals this week. The two teams split that series, with LA getting the win 7-0 on Wednesday.
RHP Ricky Nolasco will be coming out for the Angels on Friday. Over his 108.1 innings and 4-10 record this year, Nolasco has a 4.82 ERA with 91 Ks and 31 BBs.
The Angels have some notable bats as well. Andrelton Simmons is tops with 102 hits, 43 runs and 40 RBI, while Kole Calhoun has 85 hits, 41 runs, 12 homers and 41 RBI.
Boston is 6-0 in their last six Friday games, and 8-3 in their last 11 during game one of a series. The Red Sox are also 4-1 in Sale’s last five starts with five days’ rest and 10-4 in Sale’s last 14 starts.
Meanwhile, the Angels are 16-35 in their last 51 Friday games, and 0-4 in their last five during game one of a series. LA is also 1-5 in Nolasco’s last six home starts and 0-4 in Nolasco’s last four Friday starts.
Sale coughed up four earned in Tampa, but in his other two starts out of the last three, he’s given up no earned runs in 14.2 innings overall. As for Nolasco, he gave up eight earned in 1.2 innings against the Rangers, but bounced back with one earned in 7.0 innings and two hits against Tampa. This should be a pretty good pitching matchup, but I can’t pick against Sale. Give me the Sox.