2016 Game 102: Red Sox at Angels

7-28-16

Boston Red Sox (55-44, 3rd AL East) at Los Angeles Angels (45-56, 5th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 82F, Wind SW 7 MPH

Pitching Matchup

David Price (9-7, 4.51 ERA)

David Price delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2016 (Getty Images)

David Price delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2016 (Getty Images)

As his ERA would indicate, Price has struggled in his first season in Boston as compared to the rest of his brilliant career so far. He has especially struggled coming out of the All-Star break as he’s given up 22 hits and 8 earned runs over 11 1/3 combined innings over his last 2 starts. In his last start against Minnesota, Price gave up 11 hits and 5 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings, but took a no-decision in a game the Red Sox eventually lost 11-9.

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Jered Weaver (8-8, 5.32 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 17, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 17, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Weaver started out his July with two strong starts against Tampa Bay and the Chicago White Sox, giving up just 2 earned runs on 10 hits over 13 combined innings. He did however struggle in his last start in Houston. In that game Weaver gave up 6 runs on 7 hits over just 4 innings and took the loss in a game the Angels lost 7-2.

Game Notes

  • Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will likely be out of the lineup for Thursday’s opener. Red Sox manager John Farrell mentioned that he’d check with Ortiz after Wednesday’s game to see how he felt, but hinted that he expected the slugger to take Thursday off.
  • Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez has five home runs and 12 RBIs in his last seven games.
  • Angels center fielder Mike Trout is hitting .188 (3-for-16) against Price with nine strikeouts, while first baseman Albert Pujols is hitting .158 (3-for-19). But Pujols entered Wednesday batting .284/.355/.506 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 21 July games.

Starting Lineups

Boston

  1. RF-Mookie Betts – .304
  2. 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .303
  3. SS-Xander Bogaerts – .331
  4. DH-David Ortiz – .324
  5. 1B-Hanley Ramirez – .279
  6. CF-Jackie Bradley – .302
  7. 3B-Travis Shaw – .265
  8. C-Sandy Leon – .388
  9. LF-Brock Holt – .256

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .325
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .279
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .314
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .253
  5. 1B-Jefry Marte – .229
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .285
  7. C-Jett Bandy – .272
  8. LF-Gregorio Petit – .287
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .274

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 35-66 (.347)
  2. Minnesota: 37-63 (.370)
  3. Tampa Bay: 39-61 (.390)
  4. Cincinnati: 40-61 (.396)
  5. Arizona: 42-60 (.412)
  6. San Diego: 44-58 (.431)
  7. Milwaukee: 44-56 (.440)
  8. Angels: 45-56 (.446)
  9. Philadelphia: 46-57 (.447)
  10. Oakland: 47-55 (.461)

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