These teams met in the opening round of the playoffs in both 2004 and 2007, and the BoSox dominated in all six games pummeling the Halos by a combined score of 44-16. Boston gave Tampa Bay everything it had for the AL East title, but losing four out of six to the Rays in September relegated Boston to the Wild Card position.
Baseball betting fans that backed the BoSox don’t have much to complain about this season, recording the 7th best mark in baseball with an overall profit of $1,165. However, away from Fenway Park, Boston went just 39-42 and dropped $561 according to the closing MLB odds.
If not for the Rays, Angels bettors would have the top mark in the “bigs” netting $2,221 on the season, but were just average at home reeling in a $169 return. John Lester had a fantastic season going 16-6 with a 3.21 ERA in 33 starts in just his third season in Boston.
The rest of Lester’s core numbers were equally impressive, as he had a K/9 of 6.50, and a very impressive WHIP of 1.27. The Sox went 22-11 in games started by Lester, netting those who wager on pro baseball $1,038, the ninth best mark in the majors. However, Lester’s just 1-1 with a 7.78 ERA against the Angels in his career.
The Angels will counter with star righty John Lackey who went 12-5 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 24 starts. The Halos went 15-9 in games that Lackey started, netting $285 per the closing baseball lines. Much like his counterpart, Lackey hasn’t had much success against the opposition.
The Sox have owned the righty, knocking him around for a 5.54 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 13 starts. Oddsmakers have installed the Angels as short -125 home favorites with the ‘total’ coming in at 8.5 under -115.
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