Anaheim, CA - The Angels return home to the Big A to host the Boston Red Sox for a quick 3 game homestand. If the Halos are to capture a playoff spot in 2012, they have to get their game together starting tonight.
Normally any 4-2 road trip is a success. However, yet again the bullpen let the team down twice. Los Angeles was in position to win 5 of those games, with Max Scherzer's outing being the only game where the offense did not give the team a chance to win.
The majority of that success came at the hands of these Boston Red Sox. Well, maybe not these Sox since Boston traded half their team to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Weaver and the Angels will be facing a team that has dealt Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett.
Anaheim is now just 4 games over .500, 10 games behind Texas and 4.5 games behind in the Wild Card standings. Angels will get a look at what should be lesser opponents in the Red Sox and Mariners, but then it's off to Oakland and then back home to face Detroit and the Athletics again.
Post-season hopes are likely to be decided over the next 15 games or so. If the Angels win a high percentage we could be looking towards a Red October, if not, it's back to the drawing board for GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia (hint, get a bullpen).
Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels pitching match-ups
Clay Buchholz (11-4, 4.47) vs. Jered Weaver (16-3, 2.75)
Jon Lester (8-10, 4.89) vs. C.J. Wilson (9-9, 3.83)
Zack Greinke (11-5, 3.87) vs. Aaron Cook (3-7, 4.76)