Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels Expert MLB Picks 8/31/2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Andrew Cashner vs. Dillon Peters
Angel Stadium is the site where David Fletcher and the Los Angeles Angels (64-71, 4th in AL West) will take on the Boston Red Sox (72-62, 3rd in AL East) on Saturday. The Red Sox open this game at -115 while the Angels are priced at +105. The over/under is set at 9.5.
The Red Sox have been a pretty good choice for baseball bettors, having gone 72-62-0 SU. Los Angeles covers 47.4% of the time, going 64-71-0 straight up.
Valuable Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Red Sox have been a great Over play for over/under wagerers, having gone 76-54-4.
Boston covers 57.6% of the time as the visitor, having gone 38-28-0 straight up.
Important Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
Los Angeles covers 53.1% of the time at Angel Stadium, going 34-30-0 SU.
The Angels have been a good Over play for over/under wagerers, having gone 66-62-7.
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
8/28/2019 David Price SP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/27/2019 Andrew Benintendi LF Side Probable for Aug 30
8/25/2019 Michael Chavis 1B Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/23/2019 Heath Hembree RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 9
8/20/2019 Chris Sale SP Elbow Out for the season
8/20/2019 Steven Wright RP Toe Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/11/2019 Steve Pearce 1B Knee Out for the season
8/7/2019 Dustin Pedroia 2B Knee Out for the season
11/1/2019 Austin Maddox RP Shoulder Out for the season
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
8/28/2019 Stella Tommy La Stella 2B Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/28/2019 Mike Trout CF Foot Probable for Aug 30
8/22/2019 Griffin Canning SP Elbow Out for the season
8/19/2019 Justin Anderson RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/5/2019 Felix Pena RP Knee Out for the season
7/12/2019 Zack Cozart 3B Shoulder Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 72-62 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner has a 10-7 record with an earned run average of 4.68 and a WHIP of 1.35 this season. He has 93 strikeouts over his 132.2 innings pitched and he's given up 131 hits. He's allowed 8.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.75. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.18 and they have given up 457 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen and they've struck out 615 hitters and walked 235 batters. As a team, Boston allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.66. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 1,173 base hits and 626 earned runs. They have allowed 176 home runs this season, ranking them 18th in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 473 batters and struck out 1,328. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.24.
As a team Boston is hitting .277, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .482 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .347, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.9 hits per game. Mookie Betts is hitting .282 with an on-base percentage of .384. He has 147 hits this season in 522 at bats with 67 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .494 and an OPS+ of 125. Rafael Devers is hitting .326 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .375. He has totaled 174 hits and he has driven in 104 men in 533 at bats. His OPS+ is 143 while his slugging percentage is at .589. The Red Sox have 1,321 hits, including 302 doubles and 211 home runs. Boston has walked 495 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,121 times as a unit. They have left 978 men on base and have a team OPS of .829. They score 5.78 runs per contest and have scored a total of 774 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 64-71 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.11, Dillon Peters has a 3-2 record and a 1.41 WHIP. He has 38 strikeouts over the 46 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 50 hits. He's allowing 9.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.69. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.80 and they have given up 613 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Angels bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 639 batters and walked 255 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 5.04. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,185 base knocks and 671 earned runs this season. They have given up 214 home runs this year, which ranks 5th in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 471 hitters and struck out 1,190 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.88.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 14th in the league. The Angels hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. David Fletcher comes into this matchup batting .286 with an OBP of .347. He has 138 hits this year along with 42 RBI in 482 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .394 with an OPS+ of 97. Mike Trout is hitting .293 this season and he has an OBP of .436. He has collected 131 hits in 447 at bats while driving in 100 runs. He has an OPS+ of 183 and a slugging percentage of .651. The Angels as a unit have 1,161 base hits, including 229 doubles and 190 homers. Los Angeles has walked 495 times this year and they have struck out on 1,011 occasions. They have had 936 men left on base and have an OPS of .761. They have scored 4.97 runs per game and totaled 671 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Angels MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Angels (+105)
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