Game Preview: Angels @ Red Sox – 5/23/15 4:15pm Pacific

Angels at Red Sox

Fenway Park – Boston, MA

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (22-20, 2nd AL West) @ Boston Red Sox (19-23, 4th AL East)

Weather forecast at first pitch: Sunny, 61F, Winds WSW 13mph, 0% Chance of Rain

TV: Fox Sports West – Victor Rojas & Mark Gubicza

Radio: KLAA AM830 – Terry Smith & Mark Langston

Pitching Matchup:

C.J. Wilson (2-2, 3.06 ERA)
C.J. Wilson throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 1, 2015 (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

C.J. Wilson throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 1, 2015 (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

C.J. Wilson will look to continue what has been a nice bounce-back season for him so far in 2015 after what Wilson himself would tell you was a disappointing season in 2014. In his previous 5 starts before Monday, Wilson pitched to a 2.10 ERA and had completed at least 7 innings in 3 of those 5 outings. On Monday in Toronto however, Wilson saw the 2nd inning get away from him a bit as he would allow 4 runs in the frame, but he was able to recover and complete 5 innings giving up just the 4 runs and left the game with the score still close at 4-3 Toronto. The Angel offense even put him in line for a W in the top of the 6th by scoring 2 runs to take a 5-4 lead, but it would become a rough day for the Angel bullpen as they gave up 6 runs over the next 2 innings, leaving Wilson with a no-decision and the Angels with a 10-6 loss.

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Steven Wright (1-1, 4.02 ERA)
Steven Wright throws a pitch during the sixth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on September 7, 2014 (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Steven Wright throws a pitch during the sixth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on September 7, 2014 (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

In Wright, the Angels will be forced to face their second knucleballer in three days after facing R.A. Dickey in Toronto on Thursday. Wright – a young knuckeballer many teammates say remind them of former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield – has done a solid job filling in for the injured Justin Masterson in the Red Sox rotation. In his last outing May 17 in Seattle, Wright allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and a walk over 5 innings, but took the loss as the Red Sox fell to the Mariners 5-0.

Game Notes:

  • In an attempt to generate more offensive output from their outfield, the Red Sox recalled Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket before Friday’s game and batted him 8th. The 27 year-old Cuban posted a .293/.341/.440 slash line with 2 HR and 6 SB in 18 games for Pawtucket this season. He finished 1-for-4 with a run scored in his 2015 debut Friday.
  • Albert Pujols was back in the Angels’ lineup Friday after being hit by a pitch on the left hand two days earlier. Initially, Pujols feared the injury would require a stint on the disabled list, but a scan revealed no fracture and only minor swelling. Pujols hit a home run in the 4th inning Friday.
  • Dustin Pedroia has certainly had C.J. Wilson’s number throughout his career. In his career, Pedroia is 10-for-24 (.417) with 3 doubles and a home run off Wilson.
  • As mentioned, the Angels will face their 2nd knuckleballer in 3 days. Against R.A. Dickey on Thursday, the Angels mustered 4 runs in Dickey’s complete game. The Angels lost that game 8-4.

Starting Lineups:

Angels:
  1. SS-Erick Aybar – .269
  2. CF-Mike Trout – .303
  3. 1B-Albert Pujols – .235
  4. RF-Kole Calhoun – .295
  5. 3B-David Freese – .234
  6. LF-Matt Joyce – .164
  7. C-Carlos Perez – .250
  8. DH-Marc Krauss – .120
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .254
Boston:
  1. 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .280
  2. RF-Shane Victorino – .241
  3. LF-Hanley Ramirez – .257
  4. DH-David Ortiz – .239
  5. SS-Xander Bogaerts – .270
  6. 1B-Mike Napoli – .182
  7. CF-Rusney Castillo – .250
  8. 3B-Brock Holt – .294
  9. C-Blake Swihart – .176

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