The summer heats up tonight in Boston, as the Angels make the cross-country trip to the east coast where the Red Sox lay in wait. The Red Sox are coming off a six game road trip, finishing the trek with a record of 2-4. Not so good for the Red Sox have since fallen to 42-36 on the season. Completely respectable, but they’re only 3-7 in their last ten games and have been in danger of squandering away the success they carved out through the first few months of the year.
The Red Sox have had to fight through some injuries in the past several weeks, so they just have to keep things together for the second-half of the season where they can make a run. The Red Sox have gotten big lifts in unexpected places though, none more than pitcher Steven Wright. Like Carlos Carrasco, who pitched a gem for the Indians last night, Wright isn’t being recognized as much as he should be. Wright and Carrasco should both have spots in the All-Star Game.
Wright has certainly been right this season, he’s been on another level for the Red Sox. Boston needed somebody to step up in that rotation and Wright has been the catalyst for their rotation. Without him the Red Sox wouldn’t be a 42-36 team right now, they’d instead be fighting with the .500 mark. Wright has done his job, and hopes to be a fixture with the Red Sox for years to come. With the decline of Clay Buchholz and David Price still trying to find his way with his new team, Wright has come to the rescue of the Red Sox.
It’s about time that people come to know the name Steven Wright. He catches the stumbling Los Angeles Angels tonight. A lot predicted that the Angels were going to have a turbulent season, and that has definitely been the case in Anaheim. Not even Mike Trout and his talent can save this sinking ship. The Angels have gone 1-9 in their last ten games, to bring their abysmal record to 32-47. Goodnight Angels.
L.A. Angels vs. Boston Red Sox
Jhoulys Chacin (2-4, 5.77 ERA) vs. Steven Wright (8-5, 2.18 ERA)
We’re going to see if the Angels go night night against the Red Sox tonight. Something has to wake them up, a fortunate inning, a big come from behind game like the Tigers did last night, something. The talent of Mike Trout is rotting away in Anaheim. The Angels had their chances to reach the postseason and do something, but came up short in their best years. Trout has been playing well, with a .323 batting average and 17 HRs. It doesn’t go much further than that for the Angels, though.
The Albert Pujols contract has gone up in smoke, as he is hitting at a rate of .247 with 14 HRs this season. That’s okay for a guy making a few million a year, but not somebody like Pujols who is bringing in $25 million per year, a $250 million dollar contract in total. Not a good investment when your team is 32-47 and didn’t succeed in the previous years of the whopping contract.
Wright comes into tonight with a strong ERA of 2.18. In his last five starts, three of them he put up a big fat donut on the board, allowing no runs against the Blue Jays, Twins, and White Sox. He’s given up more than 3 runs just once in his last ten tilts. Additionally, he owns a 2.57 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in his last three starts. I don’t know how Chacin and the Angels keep up with the Red Sox tonight. Chacin has gotten destroyed in his last three starts. Note he posted a 10.03 ERA and 2.49 WHIP his last three outings. He hasn’t allowed less than 4 runs in a start since June 4th, five starts ago! I like the Red Sox to win and win convincingly, therefore, I like a play on the Red Sox to win by at least 2 runs at Fenway Park.
PICK: RED SOX -1.5 (-105)