We have an American League showdown tonight as the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels kick off a three game series. Boston comes into this game after taking two of three games against the San Diego Padres over the weekend. They have been playing well lately and will be looking to keep things rolling against Los Angeles. As for the Angels, they took two of three games against the Minnesota Twins during the same span. If they can grab this series, it could give the team some much needed momentum as the season really starts to get into things. This series has the makings of a fun, exciting one between two American League playoff hopefuls around the game of baseball.
Date: Monday, May 22nd, 2023
Time: 9:38 p.m. EST
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California
Team Records: Boston Red Sox (26-21), Los Angeles Angels (25-23)
Projected Starting Pitchers:
Tanner Houck (3-3, 5.48 ERA vs Jamie Barria (1-1, 1.96 ERA)
What to Watch:
Within this game, the key will be the play of Barria. He is going to need to settle into an early rhythm and keep his pitch count down if he is to get the win. If he can do this, it could allow the offense to give him some cushion to work with, which allows him more freedom on the mound. This Angels team will be relying on the young pitcher to have a strong outing, keeping the Red Sox offense at bay here.
As for Boston, they will be sending Tanner Houck to the mound later on. He has showed some good flashes this season in limited time and will look to take down the Angels offense. Boston needs Houck to slow down this Angels offense which can go off at any time. If he can keep his command early, it could be a solid day for the Red Sox here.
Game Prediction: Los Angeles Angels 4, Boston Red Sox 2
Give me the Angels to win here behind a strong outing from Barria. He helps them get the win at home.
Odds Presented By Betfred Sportsbook
Spread – Boston Red Sox +1.5 (-195) / Los Angeles Angels -1.5 (+165)
Moneyline – Boston Red Sox-105 / Los Angeles Angels -115
Total – 9.5 – Over (-115) / Under (-105)
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