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Larry Ness' ALDS Game Two 15* (151-51 this season!)-Angels/Red Sox

Los Angeles Angels

The Red Sox went 18-4 (plus-$1,000) at home in day games vs right-handers in the regular season but just 21-17 (minus-$890) in night games. They did open with a 4-0 win in Game 1 vs Lackey in a 6:35 ET time start but didn't do much with their bats after taking a 4-0 lead in the 3rd inning. They didn't need to, as Josh Beckett was superb. Will Dice-K give them a similar effort tonight? Red Sox manager Terry Francona made a bit of a surprising move when he opted to start Matsuzaka over Curt Schilling in the second game. Schilling is 8-2 with a 2.06 ERA in 15 career postseason starts, and also posted a 2.79 ERA in his final six starts of 2007. Francona chose Matsuzaka instead. Matsuzaka was a workhorse throughout his first major league season, going 15-12 with a 4.40 ERA and logging a team-high 204.2 innings. However, the Red Sox went just 17-15 (minus-$661) in his 32 starts this year. That heavy workload may have contributed to his 2-4 record and 7.14 ERA over his final eight outings (Boston lost eight of his last 13 starts!). Kelvim Escobar turned in his best season in 2007, going 18-7 with a 3.40 ERA. He was bothered by shoulder problems down the stretch but gave up one run over six innings in a 3-2 victory at Oakland on Saturday. Although he was a little shaky in some of his later outings this year, the Angels won EIGHT of his last nine starts, finishing 22-8 (plus-$951) in his 30 starts this year. 15* LA Angels.

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Scott Spreitzer's Friday ALDS Grand Slam! *Perfect 2-0!

I'm taking the underdog Indians on Friday. The Yanks are once again laying a price due to public perception. New York's best chance to steal one at the "Jake" may have come with their game one matchup. Obviously, they couldn't get the job done. I think they're in a world of hurt in game two. Cleveland sends Fausto Carmona to the bump today. The Indians have won each of his last seven starts, and the righty owns a 1.78 ERA in his last five. The Tribe are a healthy 13-4 in his 17 home starts this season, where Indian opponents are averaging just 3.59 RPG. The wrong team is the fave, we'll take the underdog Indians on Friday. Thanks! GL! Scott.

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Chris Jordan

100* RED SOX RUN LINE - With a chance to put the Angels in a 2-0 hole, I'll side with Dice K in this one, as he comes in after looking pretty sharp against the Twins last Friday, allowing just two runs and six hits, while fanning eight. Matsuzaka comes in with plenty of rest, after having six days off, and should be comfy at home, where he was 8-4 in 14 Fenway Park starts.

This is the first time the Halos get a chance to see Dice K, and that's clearly on our side. When he pitched against a team he had not faced – there were 16 occasions - he went 9-6 with a 3.14 ERA, 36 walks and 116 strikeouts in 108-2/3 innings. Let's lay the run and a half here, as the Sox roll to a 2-0 lead.

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