Posted: August 7, 2007
By SBG Global 10:05 pm Eastern
Opening Line: Angels -115, Total 9.5 Under (-120)
Two of the best teams in the American League continue their series on Tuesday night as the Angels host the Red Sox. Joe Saunders looks to remain unbeaten as he starts for Los Angeles. Saunders is 5-0 with an ERA of 3.10 on the season. Boston goes with Tim Wakefield who is 13-9 with an ERA of 4.55 on the season. SBG Global reports that early betting has the public taking the Angels at home.
In his last start at home Wakefield was the birthday boy as he turned 41 years old and went 7 good innings, allowing just six hits and three runs in a win against Baltimore. Wakefield has been solid all year for Boston.
Saunders went 6 2/3 innings in his last start for the Angels, holding the A’s to two earned runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two. He has faced Boston once for a no-decision, going 5 2/3 innings on Aug. 22, 2006, giving up two unearned runs.
sportsbook.ag Current Line: Angels -113, Total 9.5 Under (-120)
One player that is helping the Angels stay in first place in the American League West is Reggie Willits. The Angels have needed his offense and when he was out of the lineup they struggled but he may have come back too soon from injury. "Looking back on it, I might have come back a little too quick," he said, "I was taking some pain medication before the All-Star break, and it made me a little light-headed. It's kind of like what Casey went through when he got hit in the head. I'm sure his situation was worse than mine. It makes you feel a little woozy. I could tell I wasn't as fast, my running speed. My comfort level on the field wasn't quite the same."
Willits missed three games in Baltimore, returning in Texas on July 3 and hit .231 for the month after batting .342 in June, .330 in May and .345 in April.
"You're probably going to have a month like that no matter what," Willits said. "It's usually an injury that puts you into it. It disrupts your timing a little bit. If I can go out and play, I'm going to do it, even if I'm limping a bit. That's how I've always been and am going to be. If I feel like I'm hurting the team, I'm not going to do it."
Here were the betting statistics heading into Monday’s action. The Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Red Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Red Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 road games. The Red Sox are 4-11 in their last 15 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Red Sox are 6-1 in Wakefield's last 7 starts. The Red Sox are 18-7 in Wakefield's last 25 Tuesday starts. The Red Sox are 3-13 in Wakefield's last 16 starts as an underdog. The Red Sox are 1-6 in Wakefield's last 7 starts as a road underdog. The Red Sox are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Angels are 16-5 in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Angels are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite. The Angels are 39-16 in their last 55 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Angels are 1-6 in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Angels are 4-0 in Saunders' last 4 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Angels are 4-0 in Saunders' last 4 home starts. The Angels are 17-4 in Saunders' last 21 starts. The Angels are 4-1 in Saunders' last 5 starts vs. the American League East.
The Under is 9-2 in the Red Sox last 11 Tuesday games. The Under is 4-1 in the Red Sox last 5 games as a road underdog. The Under is 6-2 in the Red Sox last 8 vs. the American League West. The Under is 8-0 in Wakefield's last 8 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Under is 10-1 in Wakefield's last 11 starts as a road underdog. The Over is 5-1 in Wakefield's last 6 starts overall. The Under is 37-14-3 in Wakefield's last 54 road starts.
The Under is 5-2 in Wakefield's last 7 starts vs. American League West. The Over is 4-1 in Wakefield's last 5 starts vs. the Angels.
The Over is 4-0 in the Angels last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Over is 4-0 in the Angels last 4 home games. The Over is 4-0-1 in the Angels last 5 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 5-1-1 in the Angels last 7 games as a home favorite. The Over is 7-3-1 in the Angels last 11 overall. The Over is 4-1-1 in Saunders' last 6 starts overall. The Over is 5-2 in Saunders' last 7 home starts. The Under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles between the two teams.
Pick Angels -110 3 units out of 5