Fenway Park – Boston, MA
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (21-20, 2nd AL West) @ Boston Red Sox (19-22, 4th AL East)
Weather forecast at first pitch: Partly Cloudy, 65F, Winds WNW 17mph, 0% Chance of Rain
TV: Fox Sports West – Victor Rojas & Mark Gubicza | MLB Network – Jim Kaat, Tom Verducci, Sam Ryan
Radio: KLAA AM830 – Terry Smith & Mark Langston
Garrett Richards (3-2, 2.29 ERA)
Garrett Richards will be making his first return to Fenway Park since he suffered a devastating knee injury there while covering first base on August 20 of last year. Since his return from that injury in Houston on April 19, Richards has rounded back into his old form, allowing just 7 earned runs across 34 1/3 innings in his last five starts. His command has however been a bit erratic at times, as he is averaging 3.9 walks per nine innings so far this season.
Rick Porcello (4-2, 4.26 ERA)
Acquired by the Red Sox from Detroit in a December trade that sent Yoenis Cespedes and two others to Detroit, Porcello has established himself as the “stopper” in Boston’s rotation of late. In his last four starts since April 29, Porcello is 3-0 with 2.10 ERA and a 4.2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In his last start May 16 in Seattle, Porcello scattered 5 hits and 2 runs across 6 2/3 innings to post his fourth victory of the season in a game the Red Sox won 4-2.
- As mentioned, this will be Richards’ first return to Fenway Park since tearing a tendon in his knee on August 20, 2014. Richards has allowed 7 runs in just 4 career innings at Fenway.
- Halo sluggers Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have historically fared well against Porcello. Trout is 5-for-15 (.333) in his career vs. Porcello, and Pujols is 4-for-13 (.308) with 2 doubles against him since 2012.
- With Shane Victorino‘s status in doubt, Daniel Nava could see more time in right field for the Red Sox in this series even though the Angels will trot out two left-handed starters. Nava batted right-handed and went 1-for-2 against southpaw Wandy Rodriguez on Thursday despite having only three previous at-bats against lefties this season.
- SS-Erick Aybar – .269
- CF-Mike Trout – .295
- 1B-Albert Pujols – .231
- RF-Kole Calhoun – .292
- 3B-David Freese – .233
- LF-Matt Joyce – .150
- C-Chris Iannetta – .167
- DH-Marc Krauss – .150
- 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .258