L.A. Angels at Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox may be back, as after a bad start they are now at .500 and go for the sweep against the Angels tonight.
L.A. Angels (12-17) at Boston Red Sox (14-14)
Bovada has the Red Sox as the home favorite posted at -145 with the Angels at +125 with a run total of 10.5.
The Angels have lost to the Red Sox in three of their last four playoff series’ and they are in danger of being swept tonight after losing the first three games in this series. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games and have the broom out tonight, but still trail the Tampa Bay Rays by 6.5 games in the AL East.
The Angels are in a freefall, as they have lost six in a row and are only 3-7 in their last 10 games. Luckily the Halos play in the Weak AL West and only trail first place Okland by three games.
This season the Red Sox are 8-8 at home and the Angels are 4-8 on the road.
In Yesterday’s game the Red Sox beat the Angels 3-1.
With a win in tonight’s game the Red Sox will have a ton of confidence going into their big weekend series hosting their hated rival New York Yankees.
The Angels are trying to avoid their first 7-game losing streak since 2001.
Taking the mound for Boston is Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1 11.57 ERA), who was shelled in his season debut giving up six earned runs in only four innings in a loss. On the hill for L.A. tonight is Scott Kazmir (2-1 5.57 ERA), who was solid in his last start only giving up one earned run in six innings, but still got a no decision.
Kazmir is 8-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 23 career starts against Boston and Dice-K is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts against L.A.
The Halos are really struggling on offense, as in they have scored two or fewer runs in four of their last five games. The middle of the lineup is not producing, as in L.A.’s last eight games Hideki Matsui is hitting .107 with eight strikeouts and Kendry Morales is hitting .208 with no HR’s even though he still leads the Angels in HR’s.
The Boston pitching staff has been roughed up this season giving up the third most runs in the AL, but in their last two games they have only given up a total of two runs.
Tomorrow the Red Sox have Josh Beckett on the mound (1-0 6.31 ERA) facing the Yankees Phil Hughes (3-0 1.44 ERA), who has been stellar so far this season. The Red Sox have their work cut out for them in the New York Series, as the three starting Yankees’ pitchers have a combined record of 11-1 and two of the three starters have an ERA below 2.00.