2016 Game 103: Red Sox at Angels

7-29-16

Boston Red Sox (55-45. 3rd AL East) at Los Angeles Angels (46-56. 5th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 80F, Wind SSW 7 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Rick Porcello (13-2, 3.57 ERA)

Rick Porcello delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 28, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 28, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Porcello has been having an incredibly successful season as compared to the rest of his career. His 3.57 ERA to this point is nearly a full run below his 4.31 career mark, and he has won each of his 4 starts so far in July. Porcello hasn’t lost since May 17 and Boston is 7-0 in his last 7 starts. His last start against Minnesota wasn’t particularly impressive as he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits over 6 2/3 innings, but it was good enough to secure the victory in a game the Red Sox won 8-7.

~VS~

Tim Lincecum (2-4, 8.70 ERA)

Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on July 19, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on July 19, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Outside of his impressive debut with the Angels in Oakland on June 18, Lincecum has really struggled during his time with the Angels, but never more so than in his last start in Houston on Sunday. That start was the worst of Lincecum’s career as he was shelled for 8 runs on 7 hits – 3 of which were home runs – over just 1 1/3 innings. He was obviously tagged with the loss in a game the Angels dropped 13-3. With Jhoulys Chacin pitching well out of the Angels’ bullpen, Lincecum will need to turn things around to stay in the rotation.

Game Notes

  • Tonight’s game features 4 of the top 5 hitters in the American League: #2 Xander Bogaerts (.330), #3 David Ortiz (.325), #4 Yunel Escobar (.324), and #5 Mike Trout (.313). The Astros’ Jose Altuve is #1 at .357.
  • Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan has been knocked for a loop by the flu in recent days, and hasn’t played since July 24. Red Sox manager John Farrell hopes to have him available on Saturday.
  • Albert Pujols has seen the ball well against Porcello in his career, going 6-for-19 with two doubles and a homer. Hanley Ramirez has plenty of experience against Lincecum from their time in the National League, going 9-for-27 with a homer and five RBIs.

Starting Lineups

Boston

  1. RF-Mookie Betts – .305
  2. 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .303
  3. SS-Xander Bogaerts – .330
  4. DH-David Ortiz – .325
  5. 1B-Hanley Ramirez – .278
  6. CF-Jackie Bradley – .299
  7. 3B-Aaron Hill – .273
  8. C-Ryan Hanigan – .176
  9. LF-Brock Holt – .257

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .324
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .279
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .313
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .255
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .233
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .284
  7. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .175
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .220
  9. 2B-Gregorio Petit – .288

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 35-67 (.343)
  2. Minnesota: 38-63 (.376)
  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: 46-56 (.451)
  9. Philadelphia: 47-57 (.452)
  10. Oakland: 47-55 (.461)

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