Garrett Richards (3-2, 2.29 ERA) gets the ball for the Los Angeles Angels (21-20) as they go up against Rick Porcello (4-2, 4.26 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (19-22) in the first of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 22 and will air on FSN-W, NESN and MLB Network.
Porcello is 4-4 with a 6.52 ERA against the Angels in his career, but is up against a less-than-stellar Los Angeles offense that's hitting just .232 on the year. In his pitching opportunities against the Red Sox, Richards is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA. He gets a struggling Boston offense that's batting just .233. Mike Trout (.295, 33 Rs, 11 HRs, 22 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Angels, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
Boston is a slight -108 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Red Sox have a 10-12 record and overall money line at -498. Boston has been struggling as of late. In the last 10 games, Boston has only averaged 2.7 runs per game compared to the 3.9 they've averaged on the season. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking fourth in the AL with an average of only 6.2 strikeouts per home game. Over their past 10 games, Boston's pitchers have been playing lights out, only allowing 3.1 runs per game, below their season average of 4.7.
Across the field, the Angels have a record of 8-8 when they are the underdog and are +16 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the underdog as of late. They managed a 4-1 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 7-3. The Angels are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.48 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.17, fifth best in the MLB.
This game will feature Richards (RHP) on the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 14-15 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Angels will be the right-hander Porcello. They sport a 14-16 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Under
For the fourth time this season, the Red Sox registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Red Sox play into extra innings, they have a 2-1 record. The Angels are 1-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Angels managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are heading in with an 11-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 14-6. The Red Sox have a 15-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Boston and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Boston sits at 21st with 157 runs this season and Los Angeles ranks 27th with 151.
Ranking 25th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 97 this season. Boston ranks in the top five at second with 147.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, the team is 14-12. Los Angeles has the same record when it hits one or more homers.