What are your expectations for the Sox in the Angels series?

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    What are your expectations for the Sox in the Angels series?

    Tonight: RHP Josh Beckett (2-1, 1.80) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (1-1, 3.75)
    Friday: LHP Jon Lester (1-1, 3.20) vs. RHP Dan Haren (4-0, 1.16)
    Saturday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-2, 6.43) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (0-2, 5.26)Sunday: RHP John Lackey (1-2, 9.82) vs. RHP Matt Palmer (1-0, 4.22),

     
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    WEEI:

    The Red Sox continue their West Coast swing Thursday night against the Angels. After picking up their first road win of the season Wednesday against the Athletics, the Sox will look to make it two straight when they face rookie Tyler Chatwood.

    Chatwood, who has never faced Boston or any of its hitters, is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts. The 21-year-old right-hander gave up four runs over five innings in a loss to the Indians in his big league debut on April 11. He followed that up with a stellar seven-inning, one-run effort Saturday in a win over the White Sox. The victory made Chatwood the youngest Angel to win a game since Francisco Rodriguez in April 2003.

    Opposing Chatwood will be Josh Beckett, who has been nothing short of spectacular recently. After losing to the Indians in his first start of the season, Beckett has won his last two outings with a pair of dominant performances against the Yankees and Blue Jays. In 15 innings over that span, he has given up just one run on five hits and three walks while striking out 19.

    Beckett hasn’t been quite as dominant against the Angels in his career, as he is 3-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 10 starts against them. Vernon Wells has had more success against Beckett than any other Angel. He is hitting .316 with five home runs and eight RBIs in 38 career at-bats against the right-hander.

    Another interesting matchup will be Beckett vs. Bobby Abreu. An incredible 45 of their 98 meetings have resulted in the ball not even being put in play. Beckett has struck Abreu out a staggering 25 times, but he has also walked him 20 times. Overall, Abreu is hitting just .192 against Beckett, but he does have two home runs and seven RBIs and the 20 walks boost his on-base percentage to a respectable .357.

    Beckett vs. Angels

    Bobby Abreu (98 career plate appearances): .192 BA/.357 OBP/.308 SLG, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 20 walks, 25 strikeouts

    Vernon Wells (44): .316/.409/.816, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 5 walks, 6 strikeouts

    Maicer Izturis (40): .316/.325/.421, 3 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

    Howie Kendrick (32): .387/.406/.484, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

    Torii Hunter (26): .333/.346/.375, 2 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

    Erick Aybar (18): .235/.235/.471, 5 RBI, 1 strikeout

    Alberto Callaspo (18): .176/.222/.294, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

    Jeff Mathis (10): .200/.200/.400, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts

    Peter Bourjos (3): .333/.333/.333

    Bobby Wilson (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

    Hank Conger and Mark Trumbo have never faced Beckett.

    Chatwood vs. Red Sox

    None of the Red Sox have ever faced Chatwood.

     
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    Re: What are your expectations for the Sox in the Angels series?

    Expectations?  I don't have no stinkin' expectations.  Right now I'm just hanging on for dear life. 

    The Rays started out just as bad as we did, but they are already back to 9-9 and without Longoria or Crawford or Garza. 

    Based only on their most recent starts, Beckett, Lester, Matsuzaka, and Lackey are all capable of winning.  Plus Weaver pitched last night and won't pitch in this series.

    But the Sox are 1-7 on the road.  The hitting is still way below potential--especially Crawford and Ellsbury, the presumed speedburners, but also others (McDonald, Cameron, Scutaro, both catchers).  And the pitching, while improving, is still classifiable as erratic. 

    So, even though the Sox need to go 3-1, I'll be happy with 2-2 and fearful of 1-3 or even 0-4. 
     
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    Re: What are your expectations for the Sox in the Angels series?

    Clay Buchholz, John Lackey and Josh Beckett each posted wins last season when the Red Sox swept the Angels in their only trip to Anaheim:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ANA/ANA201007260.shtml

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ANA/ANA201007270.shtml

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ANA/ANA201007280.shtml

    Dan Haren, Jered Weaver and Scot Shields were the starters for the Halos.

    This week the Angels took over first place in the AL West by winning 2-of-3 over a Texas Rangers club that swept the Red Sox to open the season.
     
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    Re: What are your expectations for the Sox in the Angels series?

    Pain
     
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    Re: What are your expectations for the Sox in the Angels series?

    3 out of 4
     
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    Re: What are your expectations for the Sox in the Angels series?

    The red flops get swept.
     
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    Re: What are your expectations for the Sox in the Angels series?

    Beckett and Lester win....after that I'm unsure.  Beckett is throwing well and Lester is Lester and Dan Haren is due for a loss

     
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    I think missing Weaver means 3 out of four is reasonable, barring our staff returning to the form they showed the first time through the rotation. Go Sox!
     
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    good predictions. (oops babe)
     
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    Re: What are your expectations for the Sox in the Angels series?

    Now that they've taken two, it's safe to say, "At least two."

     
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