2016 Game 80: Angels at Red Sox

7-1-16

Los Angeles Angels (32-47, 5th AL West) at Boston Red Sox (42-36, 2nd AL East)

Fenway Park – Boston, MA

Fenway Park-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Scattered T-Storms, 77F, Wind S 15mph, 35% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup

Jhoulys Chacin (3-6, 5.64 ERA)

Jhoulys Chacin delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 9, 2016 (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jhoulys Chacin delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 9, 2016 (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

After putting together a couple of impressive outings after joining the Angels on May 11, Chacin really struggled through the month of June, posting an 8.59 ERA for the month. His last two outings have been particularly ugly as he gave up 10 runs in 6 2/3 innings across the two starts, losing both of them. He failed to complete 5 innings his last time out Saturday against Oakland as he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss in a game the Angels dropped 7-3.

~VS~

Steven Wright (8-5, 2.18 ERA)

Steven Wright delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on June 15, 2016 (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Steven Wright delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on June 15, 2016 (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Wright’s road to the big leagues has not exactly been a typical one, as the Moreno Valley, CA product was originally drafted in the 2nd round in 2006 by Cleveland, but then bounced around the minors for several years before finally making his MLB debut for Boston at age 28 in 2013. From there he was largely average pitching out of Boston’s bullpen from 2013-2015, but has really broken out after transitioning to the rotation this season. He was particularly effective through June going 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA over 5 starts during the month. His last outing Saturday in Texas was uncharacteristic for both Wright and the Boston defense as Wright was charged with 8 runs, but only 3 were earned, over 4 2/3 innings. Nonetheless Wright took the loss in a game the Red Sox dropped 10-3.

Game Notes

  • Daniel Nava, who was an important player for the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox, returns to Fenway with the Angels. In five seasons with the Red Sox, Nava batted .267 with a .744 OPS in 424 games. He is a .277 hitter at Fenway with a .777 OPS.
  • Hanley Ramirez has the most at-bats of any active Boston player against Chacin, going 4-for-15 with a homer. Albert Pujols has a double and a homer in five career at-bats against Wright.
  • The Red Sox hope to activate left fielder Brock Holt (concussion) and catcher Ryan Hanigan (neck strain) for this series. For the Angels, third baseman Yunel Escobar should return to action over the course of the three-game set, manager Mike Scioscia said. Escobar hasn’t played since Thursday against Oakland while dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee. Jefry Marte and Gregorio Petit have each started at third base in Escobar’s absence.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. RF-Kole Calhoun – .288
  2. CF-Mike Trout – .323
  3. DH-Albert Pujols – .247
  4. 3B-Jefry Marte – .250
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .222
  6. 1B-C.J. Cron – .265
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .269
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .190
  9. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .227

Boston

  1. RF-Mookie Betts – .287
  2. 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .304
  3. SS-Xander Bogaerts – .342
  4. DH-David Ortiz – .336
  5. CF-Jackie Bradley – .294
  6. LF-Brock Holt – .239
  7. 1B-Travis Shaw – .269
  8. C-Christian Vazquez – .215
  9. 3B-Marco Hernandez – .250

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Minnesota: 25-53 (.321)
  2. Atlanta: 27-52 (.342)
  3. Cincinnati: 29-51 (.363)
  4. Angels: 32-47 (.405)
  5. San Diego: 33-46 (.418)

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