A Shift in Power
The Los Angeles Angels will take on the Boston Red Sox in the first game of a three-game series Tuesday. LA has started its season in an impressive run of form, while the Red Sox have fallen to fourth and are one game out of last in the American League East after making the playoffs last season.
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET inside Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
Angels Run to the Pennant
The Los Angeles Angels have shown significant improvements on the mediocrity they produced most of last season, jumping to a 15-9 record and leading the American League West. They have won seven of their last nine contests and are 7-4 on the road, which helps their chances heading into a hostile environment in Boston.
Mike Trout is doing it all in his return from injury, hitting .324 with six home runs and 11 RBIs. Shohei Ohtani, the talk of last year, has struggled at the plate, only producing a .226 batting average with four home runs, though that has not stopped the team from leading the league in scoring and ranking fourth in batting average.
Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 2.12 ERA) will be on the bump for the visitors as they attempt to continue winning ways on the road.
Boston’s Early Troubles
The Boston Red Sox are not the same team that managed to overcome MLB odds and string together wins last season. They are 9-14 and lost a three-game series to the lowly Baltimore Orioles, including a 9-5 result in the final game Sunday.
“We’re close, but at the end of the day, you get paid to win games,” Boston manager Alex Cora said after the loss to the Orioles. “We haven’t done that so far this season.”
Xander Bogaerts is hitting a ridiculous .369 at the plate, but he has received very little help from everyone else on the roster, aside from Rafael Devers. Losing Kyle Schwarber and other reliable players in their lineup has significantly hindered the Red Sox, who have suddenly become one of the worst offensive teams in baseball.
Michael Wacha (2-0, 1.77 ERA) will get the start for the home team, looking to build on a six-inning, one-earned-run performance he produced against the Toronto Blue Jays in his last start.
Angels vs Red Sox Head-to-Head
Tuesday will mark the first time that the Angels and Red Sox matchup this season.
Last year’s season’s series was split 3-3 between the two.
Angels vs Red Sox Game Information
- Game: Angels (15-9) vs Red Sox (9-14)
- Location: Fenway Park
- Day/Time: Tuesday, May 3rd. 7:10 p.m. ET
- Angels vs Red Sox Live Stream: MLB.tv
Angels vs Red Sox Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Angels||-1½ +135||-120||8½-105o||4½Evo / 4½-130u|
|Boston Red Sox||+1½ -155||+110||8½-115o||3½-140o / 3½+110u|
Angels vs Red Sox Prediction
The Red Sox can sometimes benefit from being a reputable brand in a nice-sized market, and as a result, end up having too much credit attributed to their name; however, this Sox team is not that good. The Angels are better in every way, they have been playing better, and have a better road record than Boston’s home record, making them one of the strongest MLB picks of the day.
Wacha has excelled for the Sox thus far, but he is not a true ace, and there is no shutdown closer resting in the bullpen— watch for the Angels to use a late burst to get by the Sox in game one.
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