Los Angeles Angels (41-40) at Boston Red Sox (54-27)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 28, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox -142 / Los Angeles Angels +132 --- Over/Under: 10.5
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The Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox meet Thursday in MLB action at Fenway Park.
The Los Angeles Angels could use a feel good victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Angels have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost 15 of their last 21 games when allowing at least two runs. Offensively, Mike Trout leads the Angels with 91 hits and 48 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Albert Pujols have combined for 154 hits and 77 RBI. Jaime Barria gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 3.40 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. This will be Barria’s first career game against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Red Sox have scored 23 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Boston Red Sox have won six straight games when scoring more than two runs. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 97 hits and 64 RBI while Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts have combined for 165 hits and 92 RBI. Brian Johnson gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. This will be Johnson’s second career game against the Angels.
The Angels are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series, 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 games on grass. The Red Sox are 23-6 in their last 29 during game 3 of a series, 13-5 in their last 18 home games and 6-0 in Johnsons last 6 starts. The Angels are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
Johnson isn't a pitcher I'm trying to get behind, as he's allowed 18 runs in 36 innings and that's with starting just one game. At home this season, Johnson has an ERA of 5.91 with an allowed batting average of .292. However, Barria isn't the toughest pitcher to hit either, as he's allowing a .260 batting average on the road and has given up six homers in 20.1 road innings. The Los Angeles Angels are playing so poorly as of late that it's hard to back them regardless of the pitching matchup. The Boston Red Sox have been a safe bet all year, and at home, I'm going to back them here against an Angels team that has quickly lost its way.