BOSTON at LA ANGELS
9:30 PM EST.
LINE: ANGELS -125
TOTAL: OVER 7.5
Eventually, a losing streak must come to an end, doesn’t it? What began as a promising season for the Angels has quickly turned into what past seasons generally look like as they were an impressive 27-17 through their first 44 games. Now they are 27-31 and thanks to a 14-game losing streak that got their manager, Joe Maddon, fired.
Tonight, Ohtani will look to put an end to this miserable stretch as he is a -125 favorite against the Red Sox. These are two teams going in 2 utterly different directions as Boston has won 7 straight games, including two 1-0 games against this Angels team.
All 3 games of this series have been decided by 1 run as the Angels have been close to breaking this losing streak but just haven’t gotten over the hump. We feel they will do so this evening. It’s not every day you want to risk money on a team that has lost 14 straight games, but we will do so tonight.
Nick Pivetta has been good this season and he is off a good start against Oakland as he went 7 innings and allowed just 2 hits and no earned runs. The Red Sox have won his last 5 starts however they did lose his first 6 starts of the season so it is a matter of what Pivetta shows up tonight and our metrics expect him to last no more than 5 innings in this game.
Ohtani is off a bad start but that came against the Yankees, and we will give him a pass for that. In 3 of his last 4 starts, he has seen the Yankees, Toronto, and Tampa Bay. Those are 3 very good offensive teams and while we know Boston is a good offensive team, they have been held to just 8 runs in this series so far. The problem is, the Angels have scored just 5 runs in the series.
All of this said, the team on a 14-game losing streak is favored tonight. The team on a 7-game winning streak are the underdogs. The team who has won 5 straight games with this starting pitcher on the hill are the underdogs. Sometimes the oddsmakers tell you who is going to win a certain game and we feel they told us who is going to win this one.
Eventually, a losing streak must end. It will end for the Angels tonight.
TakingVegas.com 1* Free MLB Pick. LA Angels -125 (Ohtani / Pivetta)
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