Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox 8/18/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/17/2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Fenway Park in Boston
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Monday night, the Los Angeles Angels will take the field behind C.J. Wilson (9 – 8, 4.71 ERA) as they face the Boston Red Sox and Brandon Workman (1 – 6, 4.45 ERA). Wilson will make his 23rd start as Workman makes his 11th start and 15th appearance.
C.J. Wilson broke a 2 game losing streak by getting the victory in his last outing. In the win, Wilson gave up 2 runs and 7 hits in 6.2 innings as he walked 2 and struck out 2. Prior to the win, Wilson hadn’t tasted victory in over a month and a half and his stint on the disabled list (right ankle sprain) had a lot to do with that. But he is still just 3 - 3 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Wilson started 33 games and finished the year with a 17 - 7 record and an ERA of 3.39.
Last season, Wilson was 0 – 2 with a 3.09 ERA in 2 starts against the Red Sox. Boston is batting .266 against Wilson with 29 hits, 2 homers and 13 RBIs in 109 at-bats.
Brandon Workman took his 6th straight loss in his last appearance. It was just a relief appearance for Workman but he surrendered a solo homer to the only batter he faced to secure the loss for him. Workman picked up his only victory back in early June and hasn’t found a way to win since. In all of his losses as a starter, he has allowed at least 4 or more runs in each start. Last season, Workman started 3 games and appeared in 17 more en route to a 6 -3 record and a 4.97 ERA.
His last outing was the first time that Workman had faced the Angels and he only saw 1 batter. Albert Pujols was that batter and he got the game winning solo homer.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
Los Angeles Angels are 59-55-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Los Angeles Angels is 0.7
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 49-67-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
08/03/14 P Joe Thatcher Ankle 15-day DL (8/3)
08/01/14 P Tyler Skaggs Forearm 60-day DL (7/31), out for season
07/24/14 2B Grant Green Back 15-day DL (7/20)
05/28/14 P Sean Burnett Elbow 15-day DL (5/29), out for season
05/12/14 3B Ian Stewart Hand 15-day DL (5/11)
04/17/14 P Ryan Brasier Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Brian Moran Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Boston Red Sox
08/05/14 LF Allen Craig Ankle 15-day DL (8/2)
08/02/14 C David Ross Plantar Fasciitis 15-day DL (8/2)
08/01/14 RF Shane Victorino Back 15-day DL (7/30)
05/31/14 1B Ryan Lavarnway Wrist 60-day DL (5/30)
Josh's Pick: Take Boston
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