In the second of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (19-23) and the Los Angeles Angels (19-23) at Fenway Park, Steven Wright (1-1, 4.02 ERA) and C.J. Wilson (2-2, 3.06 ERA) take the mound. The Angels won the last game 12-5 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 23 and will air on FOX.
In his last start, Wright pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking one in a 5-0 loss to the Mariners. Brock Holt (.294, 8 Rs, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Red Sox, Wilson is 6-3 with a 2.62 ERA. He gets a less-than-stellar Boston offense that's batting just .235. Mike Trout (.303, 34 Rs, 11 HRs, 23 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Angels, going 3 for 6 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
Boston, a -119 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is nine runs. The Red Sox are 10-13 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -675. The Red Sox will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Boston has only averaged 2.2 runs per game compared to the 3.8 they've averaged on the season. Don't expect the Boston hitters to swing wildly in their own ballpark. They average only 6.4 strikeouts per home game. Boston's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 3.1 during that span, compared to its 4.7 season average.
Switching gears, the Angels come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (8-8) and an overall money line of -94. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 7-3 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 4-1 record. The Angels are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.57 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.18, fifth best in the MLB.
So far this season, the Angels are 1-0 against the Red Sox. This game will feature Wilson (LHP) on the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 5-7 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Angels will be the right-hander Wright. They sport a 14-17 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Under
Boston recorded at least two errors for the fifth time this season.
The Red Sox are 2-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Angels are 1-1 in such matchups.
The Angels are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 12 runs. The Red Sox have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 15-6. The Red Sox have a 15-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Boston ranks 22nd with 162 runs and Los Angeles is 21st with 163.
Ranking 24th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 104 this season. Boston ranks in the top five at third with 149.
The Red Sox are 14-13 when they hit at least one home run. The Angels perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 15-12 record.