Boston Red Sox (72-62) vs. Los Angeles Angels (64-71)
August 30th at 10:07 ET (Angel Stadium)
ML: Boston Red Sox (-125) Los Angeles Angels (+115)
RL: Boston Red Sox (-1.5) Los Angeles Angles (+1.5) O/U: 10.5
The Red Sox continue to fight for their playoff lives. They are currently 5.5 GB of the 2nd Wild Card spot. After winning the World Series last season, this season hasn't gone as smoothly. Their pitching is having a tough time. As a team, their collective ERA is 4.66. That definitely is impacted by powerhouse AL teams such as the New York Yankees and Houston Astros. However, if the Red Sox want to compete in the tough AL, they need better pitching. For example, RHP Nathan Eovaldi had a 3.81 ERA last season, this season he has a 6.64 ERA. The pitching needs to improve down the stretch.
It's been another mediocre season for the Los Angeles Angels. The main reason for optimism is Mike Trout. Additionally, the fact that he is locked in for the long-term future after signing the biggest contract in MLB history (12 Yr/$426.5 million deal). The man is a monster. Other than Trout, there have been few bright spots for a team that so desperately wants to make the playoffs.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox did nothing at the trade deadline to improve a subpar pitching staff. Unless you count Andrew Cashner as an improvement. The bullpen has been decent. They have some nice players. Brandon Workman, Marcus Walden, and Josh Taylor are turning in solid seasons. Each of them have an ERA below 3.40. The starting pitching has been disappointing to say the least. A staff led by Chris Sale and David Price should be able to find some success. However, both of them have an ERA around 4.40. The Red Sox haven't had an ace like pitcher which could be holding them back.
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