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The Angels stole one from the Red Sox on Wednesday, trailing at three separate points before tying it up in the ninth and opening the floodgates to score six runs in extras to win it in the 10th. It’s hard to bounce back from a loss like that if you’re the Red Sox and Los Angeles has Shohei Ohtani on the mound.
Garcia’s 2021 record: (11-6)
It’s one of the most exciting pitchers against, frankly, a relatively boring pitcher (no offense Rich hill). Shohei Ohtani, the reigning AL MVP, will face off against Hill in the series finale and the two couldn’t be more different.
Ohtani’s numbers aren’t great this season, but it’s because of one horrific start against the Rangers when he gave up six runs in 3.2 innings. In his other three starts, the 27-year-old has allowed just three earned runs in 15.2 innings and struck out 25 batters in those games.
On the whole, he has a 4.19 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 19.1 innings. The only question is, how long will manager Joe Madden let him stay in the game – he’s yet to throw more than 86 pitches in a single contest.
He will be countered by the oldest pitcher in baseball, 40-year-old Rich Hill. Hill has yet to go five full innings in a game this season, but as of late he’s given Boston a great chance to win.
Hill is 0-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.29 WHIP and has been at his best the past two starts. In those outings he’s thrown eight scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and three walks.
Over their past 15 games the Red Sox have scored more than five runs exactly one time. Only four teams in the American League have scored fewer runs than Boston and the team OBP (.280) ranks 26th in all of baseball and the OPS (.631) is 22nd.
The power stroke just isn’t there for Boston right now, only five teams have hit fewer home runs and their walk rate has been terrible, with the second fewest walks in all of baseball.
The Angels meanwhile, after getting shutout in two straight games, put up 10 runs Wednesday and continue to have one of the best offenses in baseball. Los Angeles is third in OPS (.735), tied for fifth in OBP (.324), seventh in batting average (.246) and sixth in home runs (28).
For the Red Sox, we’re going to look at the newest addition who the Boston faithful hope is finally turning a corner. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Trevor Story was hitting .208 with no homie runs and six RBIs on the year, and was just 2-for-17 over the past five games with five strikeouts.
He broke out at Fenway, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, so he may be starting to heat up.
For the Angels, we’re watching Taylor Ward, who has eaten up left-handed pitching this season (and really all pitching in general). Ward is third in baseball with a .371 avg, leads the league with a 1.190 OPS and has five home runs and 12 RBIs – and that’s before he hit a home run on Wednesday.
Not to mention, he’s a red-hot 9-for-18 (.500) against lefties, with one double and one triple.
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|Los Angeles Angels vs Boston Red Sox Information|
|Teams||Los Angeles Angels vs Boston Red Sox|
|Location||Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Time||Thursday, May 5, 1:35 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||Fox Sports West, New England Sports Network|
Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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