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Ohtani, Price Set To Face Off In Pitching Duel

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani in action during the seventh inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics

Shohei Ohtani has taken the MLB by storm by proving his ability both at the plate and on the mound. Ohtani will be in his first pitchers’ duel since coming to North America when he takes the bump for the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, as he will be going head-to-head with Boston Red Sox ace David Price.

SHARK BITES
  • The Angels are slashing a collective .289/.360/.455 vs LHP this season.
  • The Red Sox are averaging 8.1 runs per game in their last 8 games – scoring at least 10 runs on 3 occasions.
  • The Angels are 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as favorite.

Ohtani dazzled in his most recent outing, carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics. Ultimately, the Japanese star allowed just one hit with 12 strikeouts and one walk in 7.0 innings of work. The most impressive number of Ohtani’s work to date – which is saying something – is a ridiculous 0.46 WHIP through 13.0 innings.

Price is coming off a short outing, lasting just one inning against the New York Yankees due to a numbing sensation in his pitching hand. The lefty said it was nothing more than the effects of the cold weather – but allowing four runs in 35 pitches is still not a great look. Before that anomaly of a start, Price had not surrendered a run in 14.0 innings on the season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Los Angeles Angels in this one found them listed on the oddsboard as moneyline favorites of -137 at BetOnline for Tuesday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 7.5 at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.0-1.2 win for the Angels on Tuesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Boston Red Sox vs Los Angeles Angels Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Angels sport a record of 13-3 heading into this matchup, while the Boston Red Sox sit at 13-2 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Boston injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 2 (Los Angeles) and the No. 5 (Boston) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Los Angeles Angels' No. 1-ranked scoring average of 6.44 runs per game, against a Boston Red Sox offense rated No. 2 and scoring 5.93 runs per game. The Angels have averaged 10.88 hits per game to date this season, more than the Red Sox hitters have managed (9.8 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Los Angeles has the No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Red Sox own the No. 2 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

The Angels grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jake Junis and the Royals 5-3 on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Boston is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games
  • Boston is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 18

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