Thanks to their recent losing streak, the Angels have moved form 6 games above .500 to just 3. Not only that, they are now ties for the A’s are are just a loss away from dropping into 4th place all by their lonesome. The Angels offense was a bit sleepy over this past weekend with only 3 runs scored on Friday, Saturday, and Monday. They DID score 6 runs on Sunday so there is a bit of life there.
All 3 Angels pitchers will be throwing in Fenway for the FIRST time. What could go wrong with that? The Green Monster might be busy as they are all pitchers who are prone to fly balls.
While the Angels offense was being not doing a whole lot over the weekend - the Red Sox were bust scoring 30 runs in 4 games. Quite the contrast indeed.
Know your foe:
Red Sox - who’s hot (last 7 days):
I’ll just save some time and say pretty much all of them. The Red Sox have 5 guys hitting over .316 and with an OBP over .417 over the past week. Moreland, Martinez, Leon, Nunuz, and Betts.
John Lamb (5.40 ERA) v. David Price (3.81 ERA)
Tuesday, June 26th @ 4:10PM
Pitcher vs. Batters
John Lamb induces a lot of ground balls (40%) which is the good news, but the bad news is he also gives up fly balls 44% of the time which is not a great number when you are playing at Fenway. This will be his first trip to Fenway and first time facing the Red Sox. He’s had so-so results in his two starts with 5 runs over 8.1 innings.
David Price hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in a game since May 3rd against the Rangers. He’s been pretty locked in lately and also faced the Angels back on April 17th and held them to 1 runs on 3 hits over 5 innings.
Verdict: Let’s not pretend that Price doesn’t have a huge advantage in this matchup.
Andrew Heaney (3.43 ERA) v. Rick Porcello (3.44 ERA)
Wednesday, June 27th @ 4:10PM
Pitcher vs. Batters
Well, Andrew Heaney has been really good - except when he hasn’t. Heaney has 2 starts out of his last 5 in which he’s allowed 5 ER but in those other 3 starts he’s given up only 4 runs over 24 innings. This will be his first time facing the Red Sox since July of 2015.
Rick Porcello is coming off a 1 hit, 7 inning scoreless outing against the Twins. He also held the Angels scoreless over 6 innings back in April, so that’s the bad news. The good news is that some of the Angels roster has had pretty good luck against Porcello in the past so hopefully that will carry into this one.
Verdict: Probably the most even matchup of this series but the edge still sits with Porcello who has been pretty consistent this year and Heaney will have to keep a Red Sox lineup in check that’s been really good at home.
Jaime Barria (3.48 ERA) v. TBD (updated)
Thursday, June 28th @ 4:10PM
Jaime Barria has some pretty good stuff when he is on - like he has been in 3 of his last 4 starts and really 8 of his 10 starts this season. Barria can give up fly balls, so the Red Sox at Fenway is certainly a good test for him.
Update: Steven Wright was sent to the DL on Tuesday and Justin Haley was recalled. The starter for this matchup is still TBD.
Verdict: Angels have a chance here. Wright??
Overall Verdict: The odds aren’t great. You have a near 4th place team who has been struggling going to play at the field of a hot team who is really good at home. What could possibly happen here? Would be nice to see the Angels at least pick up 1 win and not skid into a 6 game losing streak by Thursday.