Boston Red Sox (73-62) vs. Los Angeles Angels (64-72)
August 31st at 9:07 ET (Angel Stadium)
ML: Boston Red Sox (-105) Los Angeles Angels (-115)
RL: Boston Red Sox (-1.5) Los Angeles Angels (+1.5) O/U: 10.5
What a game it was last night at Angel Stadium. The final score was 7-6 in favor of the Red Sox. The game lasted 15 innings. Mookie Betts blasted two solo homers. One was in the 1st inning, and the other was in the 15th inning. That was his 22nd and 23rd homer on the season. The Red Sox were in a good position to get the win heading into the 9th inning with a two-run lead. However, closer Brandon Workman blew his SIXTH save on the season. He allowed 4 BB and 2 ER to allow the Angels to tie up the game, and force extra innings. It was another disappointing showing by the Red Sox bullpen.
The Red Sox offense was once again solid. They struck early and often with four runs in the first three innings. Three homers were a big reason for the early scoring. For the Angels, Brian Goodwin also had two homers. He was great as the leadoff man for Los Angeles. Albert Pujols also came to life, going 4-8 with 3 RBI’s. The Angels bullpen held it down for most of the game, but Trevor Cahill (6.19 ERA this season) served up the game-winning homer as the Angels dropped the 1st game of the series.
Boston Red Sox
Nathan Eovaldi was spectacular last night. He pitched 4.0 innings allowing only one run while striking out eight. If it wasn’t for a high pitch count, Eovaldi could’ve continued. The Red Sox bullpen was unable to hold on to the lead the offense provided. Three different relievers were all charged with giving up runs. That is until Andrew Cashner stopped the bleeding. In his relief appearance, he pitched 4.0 innings of no-hit ball while striking out two. The only base runners he allowed was off two walks. After a long battle in game 1, the Red Sox have yet to announce a starting pitcher for tonight’s game.
Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez led the way for Boston’s offense. They had five of the team’s eight hits. The two combined went 5-12 with three homers and 5 RBI’s. The Red Sox are still 5.5 GB of the 2nd Wild Card spot. The Athletics, Rays, Indians, and Red Sox will be fighting it out in what should be a photo finish in the AL Wild Card chase.
Los Angeles Angels
The Angels were in it until the end. After trailing 4-0 early, the Angels fought back and forced extra innings. Brian Goodwin and Albert Pujols led the way for offense as they drove in all the runs. Shohei Ohtani had a game to forget as he went 0-8 with four strikeouts. The Angels offense just couldn’t muster up a run after heading into extras.
At one point in last night’s game, the Angels bullpen went eight innings without allowing a hit. The bullpen gave the team a chance to win. The Angels just couldn’t capitalize. They look to Dillon Peters in today’s game to lead them back and tie the series. Peters, 26, is in his first season with the Angles after making his MLB debut with the Miami Marlins in 2017. Peters will have a chance to compete for a starting rotation spot. He has a tough assignment today, but if he can impress, he can pitch his way to a roster spot next season.
Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends
Boston are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games against LA Angels.
The total has gone OVER in 9 of LA Angels’ last 11 games at home.
LA Angels are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games.
FREE MLB Pick Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox
The Angels were able to keep pace with Boston last night. They could’ve even won the game. The Angels are sending a young pitcher to the mound tonight. It will be tough facing a potent Red Sox offense. However, with the home crowd’s support, and some confidence, Dillon Peters can get the job done. I’m taking the underdog Angles to win game 2 of this series.