Saturday, July 18, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Rick Porcello (5-9) vs. Garrett Richards (9-6)
The Los Angeles Angels host the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium on Saturday. The Red Sox send Rick Porcello to the mound to face Garrett Richards of the Angels. The opening line for this matchup has Boston at +143 and Los Angeles at -153. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Red Sox have a 41-44 over/under record and a 38-51 run line mark, meaning they cover 43% of the time. The Angels have a 40-45 over/under record and a 45-43 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 42% of the time.
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The Red Sox come into this game with a 42-47 record, and they are 20-24 away from home. Rick Porcello has an earned run average of 5.90 and is 5-9 so far on the season while having a 1.41 WHIP. In his starts, the Red Sox are 8-9 over his 100.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 119 hits during those innings. The Red Sox are also 8-8 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 3.8 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.89 and they have given up 283 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 242 and walked 97 batters this season while opposing teams hit .255 against them. Boston has a team average of 9.32 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.38 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.44, they are 28th in the league.
Boston ranks 8th in the league in team batting average at .257 while hitting .238 on the road. The Red Sox hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 9th in baseball. With 96 hits, Xander Bogaerts leads the team while his team ranks 8th in hits per game with 8.83.
With a 48-40 overall record, Los Angeles will come into this game 25-18 at home. Garrett Richards is starting this game 9-6 for the season with an earned run average of 3.53 and a WHIP of 1.28. In his starts, the Angels are 10-6 and he has allowed 92 hits over 99.1 innings pitched this season. The Angels are also 9-7 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 4.4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.49 and they have given up 220 base hits on the year. The Angels bullpen has struck out 217 batters and walked 75 this season while opposing teams have hit .238 against them. Los Angeles has a team average of 8.18 hits per game and are averaging 8.83 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.30, they are 4th in the league.
They rank 17th in the league in team batting average with a .252 average while hitting .259 at home. The Angels hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329 which is good for 3rd in baseball. With 101 hits, Mike Trout leads the team while his team ranks 23rd in hits per game with 8.27.
Boston has a team fielding percentage of .985 after having committed 51 errors with 919 assists and 2,382 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Angels have accumlated 51 errors while having 789 assists and 2,345 put outs leading to a .984 fielding percentage.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 41-44 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 38-51 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 40-45 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 45-43 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
07/15/15 DH David Ortiz Respiratory probable Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
07/13/15 2B Dustin Pedroia Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/25); expected to be activated Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
07/11/15 P Clay Buchholz Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/11)
07/04/15 C Blake Swihart Foot Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/1)
05/29/15 P Brandon Workman Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/3)
05/28/15 P Anthony Varvaro Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/29)
05/28/15 RF Daniel Nava Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/26)
05/13/15 P Justin Masterson Arm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/13)
04/04/15 C Christian Vazquez Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/30), out for season
Los Angeles Angels
07/09/15 P Huston Street Groin out indefinitely
06/21/15 P Jered Weaver Hip Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/21)
06/03/15 P Mike Morin Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/24)
05/28/15 RF Collin Cowgill Wrist Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/27)
04/16/15 P Tyler Skaggs Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/06/15 P Cory Rasmus Abdominal Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Guy's Pick: Take the Angels
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