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Series Preview: Red Sox @ Angels (Best against worst?)

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The weekend matchup brings one of the best pitching staffs in baseball into the home of the struggling-to-score Angels

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels took 2 out of 3 from Boston at the end of June - at Fenway - and without Mike Trout. This time around they face Chris Sale, David Price, and Rick Porcello which is no easy task. However, they did beat Price last time around AND Mike Trout DOES have a rather famous grand slam off Chris Sale.

So far in the month of July, the Red Sox have scored almost twice as many runs as the Angels, who have scored the least runs in ALL of baseball during the month. The Red Sox have one of the best starting and relief staffs in all of baseball which brings us the best pitching staff against the currently worst offense. Ouch.

Question: Can the Angels figure out Chris Sale??

GAME 1

Ricky Nolasco v. Chris Sale
Friday, July 21st @ 7:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats

Summary:

Ricky Nolasco has been pitching like a different dude lately - and in a good way. In 3 of his last 4 start, he’s gone 6.1+ innings and allowed only 1 run over those 3 games - including a complete game shutout of the Mariners. He hasn’t faced the Red Sox yet in 2017 and in his one start against them last year (with the Twins), he was hammered for 6 runs over 2 innings.

What can you say about Chris Sale other than - damn! Sale has 191 Ks in 135 innings along with a 0.887 WHIP. Not to mention, he’s kept Angels hitters to a ridiculous low average over 102 at bats. Sale will probably go 7-9 innings and will probably dominate because that’s what he does.

Verdict: #tod will have to show up in a big way to pull of a win here. This is one seriously lopsided pitching matchup - sorry Ricky.


GAME 2

JC Ramirez v. David Price
Saturday, July 22nd @ 6:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats:

Summary:

JC Ramirez continues to teeter on the edge of mediocrity lately, but back in May he did beat the Red Sox and held them to just 4 hits and 1 run over 6 innings. He has given up 17 hits and 8 walks over his last 17 innings.

David Price lost to the Angels back on June 24th, but he only allowed 2 ER over 6 innings. He’s been pitching pretty good this year and great as of late. In his last 3 games he’s only allowed 2 runs over 20 innings.

Verdict: Price may not give up more than 2 or 3 runs so if Ramirez can keep it close - maybe he can beat them again?


GAME 3

Parker Bridwell v. Rick Porcello
Sunday, July 23rd @ 12:37PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats:

Summary:

Parker Bridwell has been a pleasant surprise so far this year. He has only allowed more than 2 runs in a start once - against the Mariners back on June 30th. He beat the Red Sox lasts month and allowed just 2 runs (solo dingerz) over 6.2 innings of work.

Rick Porcello notched a win against the Halos on June 23th when we gave up 3 ER over 6.1 innings. He hasn’t been one of the Red Sox’s best pitchers this year, but he has been on lately with just 5 runs allowed over his last 20.1 innings and 3 starts.

Verdict: Perhaps the closest pithing matchup of the series. Could be a fun ride on Sunday to end out this battle.


Overall Verdict: The Angels probably won’t win more than 1 game in this series. The Chris Sale game is their toughest of course with game 3 being perhaps the most likely to grab a win. If they can beat Porcello on Saturday, the watch for a series win here.