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Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox Prediction from Ben Burns: August 18th 2014

| August 18, 2014

ANGELS VS. RED SOX AUGUST 18TH 2014Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox
Prediction: Angels -127 odds (August 18th 2014)

I’m playing the LA ANGELS. Though they lost Sunday, missing out on a chance for a sweep of the Rangers, the Angels remain percentage points ahead of Oakland in the American League West. They’ll have an excellent shot at increasing that lead Monday as for the fourth straight series they will take on an opponent that is in last place of its division.

Last weekend, the Angels lost two of three to Boston. They went on to win four in a row after that before losing yesterday. CJ Wilson didn’t pitch in that last series vs. the Red Sox however, but will tonight. Wilson allowed just two runs off seven hits in his last start following a rough stretch.

In nine career outings vs. Boston, Wilson is a solid 5-2 with a 2.73 ERA.
This has just been an awful year for the Red Sox, who lost 8-1 to Houston on Sunday. Tonight’s starter Brandon Workman offers little hope that the team will turn things around. He has zero wins at Fenway Park this season and comes in with a 0-6 record his last six starts. He has a 1.50 WHIP in his last three.

Workman was the one responsible for Boston’s only loss to the Angels in the previous series. He came on in relief and allowed a walk-off HR to Albert Pujols.

Last series aside, the Angels have had the Red Sox number. They are 6-2 their last eight games in Boston and scored five runs or more seven times. Overall, they are 12-5 last 17 vs. Boston. 1* free play.

Broncos vs. 49ers Preseason Week 2 Pick from Jesse Schule: August 17th 2014

| August 17, 2014

broncos vs. 49ers preseason pickDenver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers
NFL Preseason Pick: Denver +5 (August 17th 2014)

We are only in the second week of pre-season, but San Francisco has had a rough start. They lost a pair of running backs to injury in training camp (Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James), as well as nose tackle Glenn Dorsey. They did not look impressive in Week 1, losing 23-3 in Baltimore.

It’s a little surprising to see San Francisco giving up a significant amount of points at home tonight, hosting a Denver team that looked pretty good in a win over Seattle in Week 1. Colin Kaepernick only attempted one pass in the loss to the Ravens, and his backups did not impress, combining to throw for just 99 yards and a pair of INTs.

Former Jaguar Blaine Gabbert completed just 3-of-20 attempts for 20 yards, while McCloed Bethel-Thompson connected on 3-of-7 attempts for 26 yards. Needless to say, the 49ers do not appear to have a backup plan in the event that Kaepernick gets injured.

Of course you could say the same about the Broncos, who would be in big trouble if anything happened to Peyton Manning. That being said, Brock Osweiler looked impressive, engineering a game winning drive against the Seahawks in Week 1. The Broncos defense also looked solid, limiting the Seahawks to just 16 points.

Last year we saw John Fox play his starters for almost the entire first half of a loss to Seattle in Week 2, so we should expect to see a lot more of Peyton Manning and the first team offense here tonight.