Re: What are your expectations for the Sox in the Angels series?
posted at 4/21/2011 1:42 PM EDT
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.