Teams Veering in Opposite Directions
One of these days or weeks, the Los Angeles Angels will win a baseball game. There was a chance of that happening on Wednesday, but one of the six walks surrendered by Angels pitchers ended up turning into the lone run as Los Angeles’ franchise record losing streak reached 14 games.
The Angels were battling the Houston Astros for the American League West Division lead. However, they could be in fourth place in the division at the end of play on Thursday.
Reigning American League Most Valuable Player Shohei Ohtani will look to end the losing streak. However, he has given up 14 hits and nine runs over nine innings in his last two starts. Meanwhile, Boston probable starter Nick Pivetta has allowed seven hits and one run in 13 innings in his last two appearances.
According to the MLB playoff odds, the Angels (+2500) are tied for the fifth-best odds to win the World Series among American League teams. The Boston Red Sox come in +5000.
Red Sox Pitching Thriving
Playing a game against the Cincinnati Reds followed by series with the Oakland Athletics and the reeling Los Angeles Angels has certainly helped the Boston pitching staff put up some gaudy numbers.
Boston is 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA in games played in June. One key is that opposing hitters are 7-for-43 with runners in scoring position during those seven games. Getting clutch outs have been especially important in the series with the Angels. Each of the first three games were decided by a run.
Boston has shutouts in three of its last five games. Nathan Eovaldi pitched five scoreless innings to pick up his fourth win and four relievers combined to allow one hit in four innings, with Matt Strahm needing only five pitches to toss a perfect ninth inning for his third save of the season and second in as many nights.
One key in the game is that Boston’s pitchers did not walk a batter while the Angels gave up six walks. One of them was followed by an RBI double by Bobby Dalbec.
Boston got it done tonight.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 9, 2022
“Another good one for them,” Boston manager Alex Cora said about his bullpen. “They’ve been throwing the ball well for a while.”
The MLB betting lines total has gone under in seven of Boston’s last eight road games.
Angels Firing Blanks
For the second time in the last three games, the Los Angeles Angels gave up just one run and still lost.
It didn’t help that Los Angeles was without former MVP Mike Trout as well as Taylor Ward, who leads the team with a .333 average.
The Angels have scored just 16 runs in eight games in June, and only the Oakland Athletics have a lower batting average and OPS in the month than the Angels. Twelve different players have at least 10 at-bats during the month of June, and only Juan Lagares, Matt Duffy and Max Stassi are hitting over .250. Coming into the season, that was not the offensive trio being counted on to lead Los Angeles back into the postseason.
The move to fire manager Joe Maddon hasn’t provided much of a spark. Los Angeles has lost both games since making the move. It hasn’t helped that Trout has been sidelined with left groin tightness.
“It’s a broken record,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “We keep saying it. The effort is good. These guys really want to win a game right now. We know what it will mean for us when we do.”
Six of the last nine for the Angels have gone over the Las Vegas odds total.
Red Sox at Angels Head-to-Head
The Red Sox go for a four-game sweep after having lost four of the previous five games against the Angels. Los Angeles had outscored the Red Sox 18-5 in its last two wins.
Ten of the last 16 games between the teams have been decided by one run, with Boston winning seven of those games.
Jackie Bradley is hitting .467 and J.D. Martinez .333 in six games against the Angels. The Angels have 14 extra-base hits in six games against the Red Sox, with Jared Walsh leading the way with a double and two home runs.
Something to consider for those who bet online: The total has gone under in five of the last seven games when the Angels played host to the Red Sox.
Red Sox vs Angels Game Information
- Game: Red Sox 28-27 (fourth in the AL East); Angels 27-29 (second in the AL West)
- Location: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.
- Day/Time: Thursday, 9:38 p.m. ET
- Red Sox vs Angels Live Stream: MLB.TV
Red Sox vs Angels Betting Lines
|Boston Red Sox
N. Pivetta -R
|+1½ -190||+107||8 -110o||3½ -120o
|Los Angeles Angels
S. Ohtani -R
|-1½ +160||-117||8 -110u||3½ -130o
Red Sox vs Angels Prediction
This is the type of game where Ohtani can do what MVPs are supposed to do. The Angels are tired of losing and who better to help Los Angeles avoid a 15th consecutive loss than the reigning American League MVP?
The Angels hope to get Trout back soon. He is considered day to day. The Angels are already without Ward, David Fletcher and Anthony Rendon. Ward leads Los Angeles with a .333 batting average and is one of four Angels with at least 10 home runs.
Boston’s Dalbec is 3-for-8 in the series. He drove in the only run in Wednesday’s win. He was 1-for-11 in his previous four games so maybe this will get him going.
The streak has to end at some point so why not on Thursday?
The odds and predictions in the article are based on time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.