MLB Baseball Vegas Online Sports Betting & Free Predictions Thursday June 28th, 2018
Boston Looks to Stay in First as They Wrap Up Series with Angels
The Boston Red Sox keep rolling along, winning their fifth game out of six after beating the Los Angeles Angels 9-6 on Wednesday. They’ll go for the sweep on Thursday.
The offense has certainly produced all year, but it’s been even more potent of late as they’ve scored a total of 36 runs in those five wins and at least nine runs in four of them.
The win, coupled with a New York Yankees loss allowed Boston to leapfrog their rivals and back into first in the AL East.
For Los Angeles in the meanwhile, the misery continues. The injury list in the month of June is a long one and it’s helping to derail what had been a terrific start to the season. For the first two months the team was keeping pace with Houston and Seattle in what was shaping up to be a terrific three-team race atop the division. But since June 10th, the team is 4-12 and that’s dropped their record down to 41-40 and they are now in fourth place in the division and 12 games back of the Astros.
Thursday was a back and forth affair with Boston jumping out to an early 6-0 lead by the time the second inning was complete. The Angels scored the next six runs to tie things up, but Boston produced three more runs from the seventh inning on with a double, single and wild pitch for the difference in the game.
Brian Johnson (1-2, 4.50 ERA) is making a spot start for Boston, just his second start of the year versus 21 appearances out of the bullpen. In the month of June he’s pitched nine innings, allowing two runs and producing ten strikeouts for a 2.00 ERA.
Jaimie Barria (5-3, 3.40 ERA) had a 2.13 ERA through his first five professional starts in this his rookie season. It’s been more up and down since then with three solid starts and two shakier ones. Last time out he allowed one run in five innings in a 4-1 loss to Toronto. The Angels are 5-5 when he pitches.
Boston is -120 favorites and the Angels are +110 underdogs. These days everything is turning to gold for Boston and to dust for the Angels. It’s hard to go against that trend even with a long-reliever making the start for the Red Sox. The Pick: Boston 8-5.