MLB Predictions: LA Angels at Red Sox 06/23/17

MLB Picks and Parlays: Los Angeles Angel Starts Three-Game Set with Boston Red Sox

by Matt Cash @MattCashCapper

Vegas Odds by Bovada
LA Angels  O/U – 10½
Red Sox -170

Kole Calhoun

It’s been a challenging schedule for the Los Angeles Angels of late. Since June 9th they’ve had series with Houston, two with the Yankees and one with the red-hot Royals. Heading into Thursday’s games they’ve fared pretty well, going 6-6 with three of the losses coming to Kansas City.

It’s helped them keep up with Seattle and Texas for second place in the AL West and within striking distance of that second Wild Card spot.

That’s probably the best they could ask for with their all-world player Mike Trout out of the lineup until mid-July at best.

The offense has scored 5.17 RPG through the stretch and allowed 4.42 RPG. Next up are the Red Sox who have the third best record in the AL.

Boston Red Sox just lost two of three to those red-hot Royals with two-two run losses sandwiched around an 8-3 win. Prior to that they had won their three previous series, going 7-3 against the Tigers, Phillies and Astros.

That string of results combined with the slumping Yankees has helped them narrow the gap in the AL East to a half game after Wednesday’s games.

In spite of the wins, the offense has not been anywhere near as potent as most expected. They are just 14th in scoring in the AL this month, averaging 4.2 RPG. The pitching staff is sixth with a 4.27 ERA.

Alex Meyer (3-3, 3.52) has helped shore up the Angels rotation as a late April call-up. The Angels finally rewarded him with some offense after a series of poor results. He pitched six scoreless innings of a 9-0 win over the Royals last time out. He allowed three earned runs in 16.2 innings in his three previous starts and the Angels scored just five runs in losing all three of them.

Rick Porcello (3-9, 5.05 ERA) has fallen to Earth with a thud this year, a huge fall from grace after his Cy Young season last year. He’s won just once in his last eight starts and the Red Sox are 3-5 in those outings. He’s been hit hard in his last three outings, giving up 17 runs in 18.1 innings. The losses have come against Houston -most recently, Philadelphia and the Yankees.

It might be expected that a pitcher with confidence issues would struggle against offensive leaders like Houston and the Yankees, but the struggle at home versus the Phillies sticks out like a sore thumb.

 

Cash It in : The Red Sox are -170 favorites and the Angels are +145 underdogs. One would think if there’s one team Porcello should beat it’s an Angels team missing Trout. But Los Angeles is playing good ball right now, and must be liking their chances against the struggling pitcher. Angels 5-3.

MLB Expert Picks and Parlays: LA Angels +145 &  Under 10½

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