Red Sox vs. Angels Game 1 2009 ALCS MLB Playoff Odds: The Boston Red Sox [-108 ML] and the sports betting odds underdog Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [-102 ML] are finally set to make their 2009 American League Division Series debut, tonight at 9:37 PM ET (6:37 PM PT) live from Angels Stadium in Southern California.
In Game 1 of this 2009 ALDS MLB Playoff Odds Series we will see Terry Francona’s LHP Jon Lester (15-8, 3.41 ERA) squaring off against Mike Scioscia’s RHP John Lackey (11-8, 3.83 ERA). The OVER/UNDER for tonight’s Red Sox vs. Angels Game 1 2009 ALCS MLB Playoff Odds game has been calculated and set at a combined total of 8½ runs scored at night’s end.
Will the Red Sox continue their dominance over the Angels in the MLB Playoff Odds? According to the Red Sox starter for Game 1, past success certainly breeds self-assurance in these types of situations. "I guess it's just that added confidence," Lester said. "I wouldn't say that in an arrogant way, but we know we've played this team well, and they play us tough."
The Sox and the Halos will be meeting for the fourth time in the past six years in the ALDS, with Boston holding a commanding 3-1 lead (‘04, ‘07, ‘08). Last year, Lester delivered the opening salvo, as Boston defeated Anaheim 4-1. But Lackey also comes in feeling pretty good about his chances against this BoSox lineup, especially in the MLB Playoff Odds.
In last year’s ALDS, the Angels starter had a 2.63 ERA in two starts against Boston, while holding them to a .212 batting average in 13 2/3 innings of work. I certainly like the LA Angels to pull off the upset tonight and send the Red Sox a clear message. "If I pitch up to my capabilities I like my chances against anybody," Lackey said. "But you've got to be focused. You've got to take every game as a new challenge. What I did in the past is not going to have anything to do with Thursday, really."
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