The melancholy song by Augustana croons "I think I'm going to Boston, I think I'll start a new life, I think I'll start it over." I'm sure the Angels wish they could start over as they look for some sort of shot to the system after posting their worst June record in 36 years. The elephant/monster in the room that no one on the club is publicly talking about is - that this seasons is lost, yet the Angels org is still talking as if they can be competitive this year. Lip service or delusions? We'll know in the next 2-4 weeks. Now the Angels get to face the literal (green) monster as they head to Fenway to start a 9 game road trip leading up to the All-Star break.
Theoretically, pull hitters like Albert Pujols, Jefry Marte, and Mike Trout may benefit from hits off the Green Monster. In fact, Mike Trout has a .373 AVG with 6 doubles in 59 AB at Fenway.
While the Angels have lost 9 of their last 10, the Red Sox are only 1 for their last 5. Staring pitching has been an issue for them but if history tells us anything, it's that the Angels are often a springboard for struggling teams and pitchers.
Over the last two weeks, the Angels have scored the fewest (47) runs in the American League, which is exactly half of what the league leading Orioles have scored. The Red Sox haven't fared much better at 57. The Angels are also 12th in OBP over the past two weeks (.312), and the Red Sox are 6th at .341. In the past few weeks, the Angels also have the worst percentage of hard hit balls, while the Red Sox sit in third place.
Pitching certainly hasn't fared much better for the Halos who have the 2nd worst ERA and K count over the past month, trailing only the hapless Twins. The Angels certainly have their work cut out for them heading into their first series of this East Coast road trip.
Biggest question(s): Did the "closed door" meeting do any good?
Jhoulys Chacin vs. Steven Wright
Monday, July 1st, 2016 @ 4:10PM
Chacin is still around while Tropeano pitches his heart out in Salt Lake
Hector Santiago vs. Clay Buchholz
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2016 @ 4:15PM
Santiago has lots of tattoos. Fact. There, I said something good about him!
Matt Shoemaker vs. TBD
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 @ 10:35AM
It would have been Eduardo Rodriguez's turn to pitched but he was sent to AAA on Tuesday.
Matt Shoemaker last faced the Red Sox in 2014 when he dominated them in a start plus a relief stint. He threw 10.2 innings and only allowed 1 hit while striking out 13. Shoemaker has faced 9 different players on the Red Sox current roster and only Chris Young has a hit off him (a double), and Young is currently on the DL. Shoemaker looks to continue his surge as he has now put together a string of 8 great starts (7 of them considered "quality"), despite getting losses in 5 of them. Can he get a little run support guys?? Shoemaker has only pitched once at Fenway Park and it was 7.2 shoutout innings with 9Ks.