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Red Sox Angels Betting Tips – Red Sox Look To Play Spoiler In Three-Game Set At Los Angeles

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 8/23/2012 6:53:51 PM

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were among a small group of American League teams that most sports betting fans projected would make the playoffs in 2012 before the regular season began. Fast-forward five months later and both teams are on the outside looking in as the month of August slowly comes to an end, with a strong possibility that both teams fail to make it in. The Angels have the better chance at the postseason just 3.5 games back of the final Wild Card spot, while it seems by all means as though the Red Sox have been relegated to the role of spoiler.

Boston Red Sox @ Los Angeles Angels

Tuesday, 10:05 PM ET

The fact that Boston manager Bobby Valetine was able to tell the media he thought he had a playoff team for as long as he did was almost as surprising as the fact the is still the team’s manager. A disastrous collapse to end last season has carried over in to a new year for the Red Sox, and while Valentine himself may be responsible for some of the problems it is on the players to respond and win games. Despite being six games below .500 overall, Boston is somehow a game above .500 on the road and has the chance to really hurt the Angels’ chances in this series. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, reliever Franklin Morales doesn’t match up very well as a starter opposite Cy Young candidate Jared Weaver, who is 16-3 with a 2.74 ERA.

MLB Betting Pick: Los Angeles Angels

Boston Red Sox @ Los Angeles Angels

Wednesday, 10:05 PM ET

Boston won’t be in much better shape even with its top starter on the mound, as Jon Lester gets the nod opposite CJ Wilson on Wednesday. Despite a decent 3.62 ERA, Los Angeles has lost eight of the last nine games that Wilson has started, which has been more about a lack of run support than it has been his performance. Meanwhile, Lester has struggled mightily to find his form all sportsbook season with an ERA over 5.00, one of the biggest reasons that the Red Sox have been so bad. Lester was much better in his last two starts, earning just one run in each of his wins over the Indians and Yankees, but that could make him due for a bad performance against an Angels’ team that is desperate for a win with Wilson on the mound.

MLB Betting Pick: Los Angeles Angels

Boston Red Sox @ Los Angeles Angels

Thursday, 10:05 PM ET

The Red Sox best chance to play spoiler will come when they try and avoid the sweep with Josh Beckett on the mound Thursday. Beckett has been even worse than Lester at 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA, and has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last three starts. However, Dan Haren has struggled mightily for the Angels as he has dealt with back spasms all year, and as long as Beckett can get in to the fifth the offense and bullpen should be able to help him salvage a win and avoid the online betting sweep.

MLB Betting Pick: Boston Red Sox

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