Boston Red Sox (42-48, 5th AL East) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (49-40, 1st AL West)
Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Thunderstorms, 82F, Wind NW 5mph, 59% Chance of Rain Pitching Matchup:
Rick Porcello (5-9, 5.90 ERA)
Porcello REALLY struggled through the month of June going 0-4 with a 5.87 ERA in 5 starts during the month. Those struggles escalated into his first start of July when on July 1 Porcello lasted only 2 innings giving up 7 runs on 7 hits up in Toronto. He was however able to turn things around on his last start on July 8 when he held Miami to 2 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings in a game the Red Sox won 6-3 at Fenway. Thanks to the All-Star break, Porcello will be pitching for the first time in 10 days this evening.
Garrett Richards (9-6, 3.53 ERA)
Much like Porcello, Richards hasn’t pitched in 9 days thanks to the All-Star break. His last start was July 9 up in Seattle and was a somewhat rocky start after a string of 5 very solid starts from June 11 to July 3. Over those 5 starts he went 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA. On July 9 however, Richards gave up 4 runs on 12 hits over just 5 1/3 innings to take the loss in a game the Angels lost 7-2.
- Porcello is 4-5 with a 7.07 ERA in 12 starts vs. the Angels. He went 4 1/3 innings against the Halos on May 22, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits for the loss.
- Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has a career-high 11-game hitting streak. It’s the longest active hitting streak in the Majors.
- Richards beat the Red Sox on May 22 in Boston, allowing 5 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings.
- CF-Mookie Betts – .274
- 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .302
- SS-Xander Bogaerts – .306
- DH-David Ortiz – .235
- LF-Hanley Ramirez – .270
- 3B-Pablo Sandoval – .263
- RF-Alejandro De Aza – .323
- 1B-Brock Holt – .292
- C-Ryan Hanigan – .231