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Lack of Run Support for Sale Should Concern Red Sox Bettors

The Boston Red Sox have operated in vacation mode since the all-star break and will need to snap out of it soon if they hope to remain competitive in the tough AL East. With a date against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, sportsbooks opened the BoSox as -185 road favorites with a total of 7.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Red Sox are 2-6 SU in their last eight games on the road against the Angels.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Angels' last seven games at home.
  • The Red Sox are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games after losing as a favorite.

Chris Sale and Ricky Nolasco will get the ball for the Red Sox and Angels, respectively. Sale (11-4, 2.59 ERA) recorded his 13th double-digit strikeout contest on Saturday when he fanned a season-high 13 in a start against the New York Yankees. The ace hasn’t been getting much run support of late, as the outing marked the third time in the last six that Boston has mustered either one or no runs for him.

Nolasco (4-10, 4.82) allowed one run on two hits in seven innings of a no-decision vs Tampa Bay in his last appearance. The 34-year-old owns a 3-2 record with a 5.68 ERA in seven career starts vs Boston, but hasn’t faced the club while pitching for the Halos.

UNDER bettors are cashing at the window when these teams get together. In the last seven matchups between the Red Sox and Angels, the UNDER is 6-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting Boston Red Sox before the first pitch in this match found them as -190 moneyline favorites earlier today at Bovada. They saw the OVER/UNDER total of 7.5 earlier at TopBet.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.3-3.1 win for the Angels on Friday. 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

47-50 Los Angeles battles the Red Sox, currently with a 54-43 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Boston injuries news.

The Los Angeles Angels sit at No. 24 in the current MLB power poll here at OddsShark, while the Boston Red Sox sit at No. 3 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Los Angeles Angels and its No. 27-rated batting order, averaging 4.07 runs per nine innings, against the No. 12 lineup of the Boston Red Sox at 4.73 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the No. 7-rated road mark, allowing 4.2 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 24 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Red Sox endured an 8-6 loss at the hands of the Blue Jays on Thursday, with Doug Fister throwing 4.1 innings of 7-hit ball at Fenway Park.

Alex Meyer silenced the Nationals bats in a 7-0 victory last time out versus Washington at Angel Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games
  • Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • LA Angels is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Angels's last 7 games
  • LA Angels is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • LA Angels is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Los Angeles, Saturday, July 22