The Boston Red Sox, who had hoped to get back into the American League East race have certainly not come out swinging after the All-Star Break. Halfway through a 4-game series in Anaheim, the Sox have yet to score a run. The Angels have shut them out twice already. 1-0 on Friday and 3-0 Saturday night. They have a combined 7 hits (only 2 extra base hits). Rick Porcello and Wade Miley did their jobs on the mound, but just couldn’t get any run support. They are now 8 games behind the New York Yankees in the A.L. East.
Eduardo Rodriguez will hope for more run support tonight as he makes his 10th start of the year. Rodriguez came out smoking hot allowing only 1 run total in his first three starts, then got blow out by Toronto to the tune of 9 runs in 4.2 innings. He had a bad outing against the Orioles also, but other than those 2 starts, he’s been brilliant and a great lift to the Red Sox rotation. He has been great in his 4 road starts this year. He has a 0.69 ERA in 26 innings and those 4 road starts were at Baltimore, Texas, Toronto, and Kansas City. Not too shabby.
On the other side of the diamond, Garrett Richards and C.J. Wilson have greatly improved their team’s ERA by shutting down the Red Sox and have given the Angels bullpen even more rest since last Sunday. Only Joe Smith, who picked up the win on Friday has pitched out of the bullpen. Mike Trout picked up where he left off in the All-Star Game by hitting the walk-off home run Friday night in the 9th and Kole Calhoun supplied the offense Saturday night by hitting 2 home runs. By the way, we had Calhoun in our Daily Fantasy Lineup Advice that night. The Angels have over-taken the struggling Astros in the American League West and look to continue to distance themselves tonight in Game 1 of a double-header.
Hector Santiago takes the mound tonight, making his 18th start. He is easily having the best year of his career and leads the Angels’ starters with a 2.33 ERA. In his last 4 starts he’s only allowed 3 earned runs in 27 innings. He struggled earlier this year in a loss at Boston in which he threw 124 pitches, a season high by far. He even pitched 3 shutout innings in relief this year at Yankee Stadium.
Look, after reading all of this, you would have to think the Angels are the play, right? Yes, they are. With that being said, I think the price of -130 is a gift. Pujols and Trout love to hit against lefties.
Pick: Angels -125