Angels v Red Sox
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim should snag a much-needed win at home against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Angels starter Zack Greinke has dealt with emotional issues throughout his career (he actually went on the disabled list at one point in his career to deal with these problems). As a result, it’s no huge surprise that he’s had some difficulty adjusting to his new environment after being traded to Los Angeles from the Milwaukee Brewers. (He allowed four runs or more in four straight starts – which was the first time that’s happened in his career.) Nevertheless, Greinke is a great pitcher and in his last outing showed signs of getting comfortable. Against the Detroit Tigers, Greinke gave up one run in 7 2/3 innings pitched. The Red Sox are a great team to keep that momentum going. In his career, Greinke has a 2.88 ERA against Boston. Plus, keep in mind that the Red Sox may still be a big name in the game, but their current lineup, which lost Adrian Gonzalez to a trade and David Ortiz to injury, is a bit short staffed. As for Red Sox starter Jon Lester, he has a 5.02 career ERA in three starts at Angel Stadium. Pick the Angels at 1.60 not Boston at 2.35.
Orioles v White Sox
Figure on the Baltimore Orioles getting the best of the Chicago White Sox at home. This pitching match-up is a case of looking past the basic numbers. Over the course of the season Baltimore starter Zach Britton has a terrible 5.59 ERA. But he’s turned it around recently, winning two straight starts while allowing just two earned runs over 13 2/3 innings versus the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays. In contrast, Jose Quintana has registered great overall stats – 5-2 with a 2.86 ERA. Yet, in his past couple of outings the young pitcher has shown fatigue in the form of faltering pitch command. In his last outing, for example, against the Seattle Mariners, he gave up four walks. Expect that fatigue to figure in this game as the Orioles at 1.90 are the right choice over the White Sox at 1.90.