Boston claimed a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the series opener on Monday night at Angel Stadium, scoring four runs in the final two frames. The contest marked just the second time in the last 12 games that the Red Sox have been able to muster four runs or more in a contest. “Our pitching has been awesome lately,” said designated-hitter David Ortiz. “We just haven’t been able to score some runs for them.” The team is a perfect 5-0 against the Halos this season and compiled a 13-9 mark against AL West opponents this season. It hasn’t been all fun and games for the Red Sox at Angel Stadium since August 23, 2006, posting a 6-9 mark over that span and club had dropped 16 of 26 games here since 2004. Boston is 9-12 this month (-550) and the total is 10-11 O/U in those games.
Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey is 9-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 20 starts this season (-70) and will face his former club for the second time this season, but it will mark the first time he’s been in the visiting clubhouse in Anaheim. “I had a lot of good years here and a lot of fun,” said Lackey. “I won a lot of games in this stadium.” In 112 lifetime starts at Angel Stadium, the right-hander produced a 49-32 record and 3.72 ERA. He is 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA in nine road starts this season (-410), issuing 30 walks versus 33 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. Lackey made his first lifetime start against the Angels at Fenway Park on May 5, tallying a 3-1 victory, going seven innings and giving up just a single run on two hits.
Los Angeles has dropped five of six games, including the first game of its current homestand after finishing a 2-4 road trip in New York and Texas. The Angels are 5-6 since the All-Star break and 8-14 this month (-700). The club has yet to pick up a victory against the Red Sox this season, after picking up a 3-0 sweep in the 2009 American League Divisional Series. Manager Mike Scioscia’s squad has still managed to win seven of their last 10 home games, but are still just five games over .500 in Anaheim (27-22, -190). The Angels have produced a 9-4 record at home when the total is 8 to 8.5 this season (+440) and 38-34 in this situation the last three years (-980).
Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver is 9-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 21 starts this season (-100), tallying 147 punch outs in 134 innings of work. The right-hander has compiled a 2-3 record over his last six starts due to lack of run support, as the offense has scored just 13 runs over that span. He is a solid 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in nine home starts (+150), allowing opponents to hit just .198 against him. In eight career starts versus the Red Sox, Weaver has compiled an even 2-2 mark and 3.99 ERA, including a 1-0 record and 0.66 ERA in two outings last season.
Bettors will find the Red Sox as a road underdog of +125 to +150 for just the fourth time this season (2-1, +180) and the team has gone 14-11 in this spot the last three years (+760). Watch the line in this matchup, as the Angels are a money-burning 105-102 as a home favorite of -150 to -175 the last three seasons (-5,900).