Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Boston Red Sox
ESPN's Monday Night Baseball features a rematch of the American League Divisional Series from a year ago, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim face the Boston Red Sox in MLB betting action. Both of these teams have gotten off to miserable starts by their standards. The Halos were just swept in the Motor City over the weekend, while Boston also suffered a sweep at the hands of the lowly Orioles, who had only won four games for the entire season coming into the three game set. Neither team has to have confidence right now that it can make the playoffs, and both have been costing baseball betting fanatics plenty of money.
LHP Joe Saunders has really struggled all season long. He has lost back to back starts to drop to 1-4, and his ERA is a lofty 5.74. A strikeout to walk ratio of 10/10 just isn't going to cut it at this level, particularly when Anaheim is trying to keep pace with a very strong AL West Division. If there is a consolation, Saunders has at least pitched very well against the Sox in his career, going 4-1 with a 3.24 ERA in eight career outings.
The youthful RHP Clay Buchholz is clearly the future in Boston, though he is doing a solid job of nailing down the present as we speak. Buchholz may only be 2-2 on the season, but he has just a 2.19 ERA and opposing batters are only hitting .240 against him. He has become a guinea pig for unearned runs over the course of this season, as five runners have already crossed the plate this year against him that weren't his fault.
This is a very tough contest to choose a winner in. Buchholz has clearly been the better of the two pitchers, and one would like to think the Boston has the better lineup of the two teams, but the price that we're laying, even at Fenway Park, seems to be a bit ridiculous. So instead, we'll hope that Saunders' domination of the Sox continues at a very nice price, all things considered.
Selection: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim +150 at Diamond Sportsbook
The Halos are 7-2 in their L/9 MLB betting clashes with the Red Sox in games that Saunders has taken the hill. If you're ready to place your MLB betting wagers, be sure to sign up for an account at DSI!