We’re going to examine Friday’s MLB game between the Red Sox and Angels. Will the Red Sox be able put on a surge in the second half of the season starting with tonight? Can the Angels pick up where they left off prior to the All-Star break after winning 11 of their last 14?
Red Sox Head Out to Anaheim to Start Second Half
The Angels will host the Red Sox on Friday at 10:05 PM ET in what will be the first of a three-game series. These teams met once this season for a three-game set at Fenway Park, and the Red Sox took two of the three.
The Red Sox southpaw Wade Miley will get the start tonight. Miley has displayed poor form over his previous three starts, posting a large 6.88 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP. He’s also struggled in ten road starts this season with a lofty 4.91 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. On a positive note, Miley made his only career start versus Los Angeles this year and was superb. In that outing he allowed 1 earned run on 4 hits in 8.0 innings during a 6-1 Angels win.
The Angels will go with veteran southpaw C.J. Wilson in this series opener. Wilson is in good form during his last three starts, posting a stellar 3.37 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He’s also has compiled a terrific 1.93 ERA in five career home starts versus the Red Sox since 2010.
Red Sox Gather Some Momentum
Boston was a 2:1 betting favorite to win the AL East before the start of the season. Needless to say, they’re 42-47 record thus far has been a huge disappointment. However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Due to the mediocrity of the AL East division, they’re only 6.5 games behind the first place Yankees. They’ve also gone a solid 14-8 in their last twenty-two games prior to the all-star break.
Angels and Their Bats are on Fire
The Angels have gone 11-3 in their last fourteen games. Their recent stellar play enabled them to overtake Houston for the AL West lead on the last day before the all-star break. Much of their success of late can be attributed to some red-hot hitting. The Halos are averaging 7.2 runs per game in their last nine, and have pounded out 11 hits or more six of those nine.
The Angels are the better hitting team right now, possess the starting pitcher who’s in better form heading into tonight, and are an extremely confident bunch right now. My lean is going toward the money line home favorite for one of my MLB picks on Friday. Heritage provides me with the best betting value against the MLB odds at the time of this writing.
MLB Pick: Play the Angels -129 on the money line at Heritage Sports