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MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox (26-23) at Los Angeles Angels (27-23)


FOR STARTERS: Is scheduled to make his 10th appearance of the season and the 17th of his career…this will be his first relief appearance…is tied for third among Major League rookies in games started (9) and ranks fourth in innings pitched (46.0) and strikeouts (39).

BASES ON BALLS: Has walked five batters in each of his last two starts after issuing six free passes in his previous start…the streak of three consecutive games with five or more walks matches the longest by an A’s pitcher over the last 30 years (Chad Gaudin, July 12-23, 2007)…the longest in Oakland history is four by Eric Plunk (June 14-29, 1986) and Todd Van Poppel (Aug. 16-Sept. 3, 1993)…has 16 walks in 15.0 innings over his last three starts after walking just 12 in 31.0 innings over his first six starts…has 28 walks for the season, which is tied for fifth most in the majors.

RANKINGS: Is tied for third in the majors in home runs allowed (13) and ranks sixth in most runs (37)…based on a minimum of 40 innings pitched, he has the highest opponents OPS (.999) and slugging percentage (.597) in the majors, is tied for the second highest batting average (.306), has the third highest on-base percentage (.402) and fourth highest ERA (6.85).

OPPONENTS BATTING: His opponents batting average breaks down to .296 (8-for-27) against left-handed hitters and .308 (49-for-159) against righthanders…seven of the eight hits by lefties are for extra bases (five doubles, two home runs)…has a 1.128 OPS against left-handers, .976 against righthanders…has allowed a .371 (36-for-97) batting average with the bases empty compared to .236 (21-for-89) with runners on base…opponents are 12-for-55 (.218) with runners in scoring position…22 of the 37 runs he has allowed have scored on home runs…has a .246 (16-for-65) opponents batting average the first time through the order, .339 (41-for-121) after that.

HOME AND AWAY: Is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA (12 er in 21.1 ip) and .909 opponents OPS in four starts at home compared to 1-2 with an 8.39 ERA (23 er in 24.2 ip) and 1.079 OPS in five starts in the road…has surrendered nine of his 13 home runs on the road.

THIS AND THAT: Has been the starting pitcher in five of the A’s 10 wins…has left with the lead in three of his nine starts, only to have the bullpen blow the save (April 12, April 24, April 30)…the A’s have been shutout in two of his other starts…is scheduled to start on four days rest today…has just two starts on four days rest and is 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA (11 er in 9.1 ip) in those two starts compared to 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA (24 er in 36.2 ip) in his other seven starts…has tossed five innings or fewer in five of his nine starts and never more than 6.1 innings…has allowed one run in the first inning (9.0 ip, 1.00 ERA) but has yielded 12 of his 37 runs in the second inning (10 er in 9.0 ip, 10.00 ERA).

IN APRIL: Went 0-2 with a 7.26 ERA and .976 opponents OPS in six starts in April…had the highest opponents OPS (.976) and slugging percentage (.598) in the majors in April, the fourth highest on-base percentage (.378) and the fifth highest ERA and batting average (.307)…the ERA was the highest April ERA in Athletics history among pitchers with 30 or more innings…allowed 10 home runs, which were the most in the majors and matched Gil Heredia (2001) for the most home runs in April in Athletics history.

2023 DAY-BY-DAY: Allowed six runs on a career-high nine hits in his first start of the season on April 2 against Los Angeles (AL) and was the losing pitcher in the A’s 6-0 loss…surrendered a three-run home run to O’Hoppe in the fourth to snap a career-high 14.0-inning scoreless streak dating back to last year…allowed three home runs against the Angels and a career-high four in his next start on April 7 at Tampa Bay…the seven home runs in back-toback starts match the most in Oakland history by a pitcher over a two-game stretch…Mike Fiers (Sept. 3-9, 2019) is the only other one to do it over the last 25 years…allowed a career-high eight runs in a season-low 3.0 innings in the start against the Rays…tossed a season-high 6.1 innings April 12 at Baltimore but had a no decision in the A’s 8-4 win…left with a 4-2 lead but Familia blew the save…tossed 5.0 scoreless innings in his fourth start on April 18 at Chicago (NL) but had a no decision as the A’s were shutout 4-0…struck out a season-high seven batters in 5.2 innings on April 30 against Cincinnati…walked a career-high six batters and tossed a career-high 114 pitches on May 6 at Kansas City but picked up his first win of the season in the A’s 5-4 victory.

LAST START: He was the losing pitcher in the A’s 5-1 loss at Houston last Friday…allowed a run in the second on a RBI ground out and the A’s tied the game with a run in the top of the third…he then surrendered a RBI double to Tucker in the fourth and a two-run home run to Tucker in the sixth for the loss.

2023 1-0 2.45 2 2 11.0 3 2 3 14 1.09 .220
CAREER 58-33 3.57 139 139 765.2 304 83 234 845 1.21 .239

Allowed 1 run (solo HR) over 6.0 IP Friday at SD (5 H, 2 BB, 5 SO)…Retired each of his last 7 batters faced. Earned his 1st win with the Red Sox, and 1st win since 8/15/20 vs. BOS with NYY. Is 4-3 with a 2.43 ERA (19 ER/70.1 IP) in 12 career starts against LAA. Is 8-1 with a 1.65 ERA (19 ER/103.1 IP) in 17 career starts in the month of May. Is 29-15 with a 3.99 ERA (165 ER/372.0 IP) in 69 career starts on the road. 5/12 vs. STL marked his 1st ML appearance since 4/6/21 with SEA…Underwent Tommy John surgery on 4/13/21


LEADING OFF: Today, the Angels play the sixth (4-1) of nine games on a homestand against the Minnesota Twins (2-1), Boston Red Sox (2-0; May 22-24) and Miami Marlins (May 26-28)…Halos went 3-4 on last road trip to Cleveland (1-2) and Baltimore (2-2)…LAA was 2-4 on last homestand against the Rangers (1-2) and Astros (1-2).

2023: 27-23
2022: 27-23
2021: 22-28
2020: 20-30
2019: 22-28
Best: 33-17 (1989)
Worst: 16-34 (1969)

GAME SEVEN: Today is the seventh (3-3) and final matchup this season between the Angels and Red Sox…Angels are looking to win a season series vs. Red Sox for the first time since 2017…Halos lost first three games vs. Boston this year but have won each of last three.

SWEEP SEEKING: Angels are looking to sweep a three-game series vs. Boston for the first time since 2012.

July 16-20, 2015: 4 game sweep (at LAA)
Aug. 18-21, 2014: 4 game sweep (at BOS)
Aug. 28-30, 2012: 3 game sweep (at LAA)
Aug. 21-23, 2012: 3 game sweep (at BOS)

LEAGUE LEADER: Shohei Ohtani, leads the Majors in opponent batting average (.142), is second in WHIP (0.90) and ranks third in strikeouts (80).

SERIES STATS: After winning two of three vs. Twins in last series and taking first two games from Red Sox, Halos have won consecutive series or the first time since beating Royals (April 21-23) and A’s (April 24-27) last month.

PLAY FROM AHEAD: Halos have held leads in 41 of 50 games played this year.

THE MICK: Mickey Moniak has hits in all eight of his starts for the Angels this season, including three leadoff homers and seven total extra-base hits…He’s one of three players in the Majors with three leadoff HR this year, along with Mookie Betts (LAD) and Christian Yelich (MIL)…On May 13 at Cleveland, became the first player in MLB history to make his season debut on his birthday and hit a leadoff home run.

ESTÉVEZ ENDING: This season, Carlos Estévez is pitching to a 1.23 ERA (22 IP – 3 ER) and has converted all 12 of his save opportunities (the 12 saves are a new career high)…He is the first Angels pitcher to convert his first 12 save opportunities of a season since Ernesto Frieri in 2012 and is looking to become the first Halos closer to convert his first 13 save chances since Troy Percival had 16 straight successful save opportunities to begin the 2001 season.

‘PEN PALS: The Angels bullpen is pitching to a 3.53 ERA (181 IP – 71 ER) this season, which is the eighth-best ERA in the Majors.

WINNING WAYS: Halos have won each of last three games and five of last six to improve to four games over .500 (27-23)…With a victory today, Angels would match high season high at five games over .500 (were 19-14 on May 5).

LEAD ASSISTANT: Hunter Renfroe is tied for second in the American League with five outfield assists this season…Since 2017, his 61 outfield assists lead the Majors (Starling Marte is second with 52 assists).

SINGLE HANDED: Gio Urshela has hit 43 singles this year plus seven extra-base hits (six doubles & one home run)…Urshela ranks second, behind Toronto’s Bo Bichette (49), for the American League lead in singles… Since May 5, Urshela has hits in 15 of 17 games with a PA and is batting .350 (21/60) in that span.

ON THE BOARD: Halos have not been shut out since Aug. 21, 2022 at Detroit…Current streak of 91 games without being shut out is the longest active streak in the Majors and is the fourth-longest streak in Angels history (third longest streak was 97 games in 1997).

NET-OW: Zack Neto has been hit by eight pitches this season, which is tied for second-most in the Majors… Since 1901, Neto’s seven HBP through his first 15 career games are the most in MLB…He also was the first player in Angels history to be hit a pitch in four consecutive games (April 18-21).

ALL OVER THE INFIELD: Gio Urshela is one of six players in the Majors to appear at all four infield positions this season…He has made 17 starts at third base, 16 starts at first base, eight at shortstop and one at second base.

JUST MET A MAN NAMED BARRIA: Jaime Barria made his first start of the season Monday night after beginning the year in the Angels bullpen and worked 5.0 scoreless innings…Since April 8, he ranks second in the Majors (min. 15 IP) with a 0.37 ERA (24.1 IP – 1 ER).

LATE COMEBACKS: Halos have three wins this season when trailing after eight innings, which matches the Angels total from each of the last two seasons…Last time LAA had more than three wins in a season when trailing after eight frames was 2017 (5).

UNEARNED: Angels have allowed 26 unearned runs this season, which is the tied for the second-most in the Majors (Colorado has allowed 28 unearned runs)… Halos have committed 32 fielding errors this season, which is tied for second-most in the Majors.

MARLINS ON DECK: Following the current series vs. Boston and an off day tomorrow, the Angels will conclude the homestand with a three-game series against the Miami Marlins…Last season, Halos won three of four games against Miami…LAA is 12-7 alltime vs. Miami (6-2 at Angel Stadium).

1-0, 5.27 ERA
Has a 3.57 ERA (22.2 IP – 9 ER) across last four starts

  • TODAY’S GAME: Making ninth start of the season and fourth at home…Second start of 2023 vs. Red Sox…Is in eighth Major League season and made seventh straight Opening Day roster…Signed a three-year contract with Angels, Nov. 16, 2022.
  • NO DECISIONS: Current streak of seven consecutive starts with a no-decisions is tied for the second-longest in franchise history…Angels record streak was eight straight no-decisions by Jim McGlothlin between the 1966-67 seasons.
  • BACK ON TRACK: Pitched 6.0 scoreless innings in Angels debut on April 2 at Oakland, before allowing 5+ runs in each of next three starts…In last four starts, has a 3.57 ERA (22.2 IP – 9 ER) and 16 strikeouts.
  • LEFT OUT: This season, is holding left-handers to a .237 average (9/38) compared with a .298 (39/131) average against right-handers.
  • FASTBALL DAMAGE: This season, opponents are batting .321 (17/53) against his fastball, but are hitting .267 (31/116) against the rest of his arsenal.
  • LAST TIME OUT: Took no-decision in last start last on Thursday at Baltimore after tossing 5.0 innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts…Marked seventh consecutive no-decision.
  • HURT BY THE HOMER: 12 of 27 runs allowed this season (44.4%) have scored on home runs.
  • VS. BOSTON: In two career starts vs. Boston, is 0-0 with a 7.56 ERA (8.1 IP – 7 ER) and seven strikeouts…Took a no-decision earlier this year in start on April 15 at Fenway Park (4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO); the six earned runs allowed are a season high…Only other game came on Sept. 14, 2021 for Seattle at T-Mobile Park (4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO).
  • AT ANGEL STADIUM: Today is sixth career start at The Big A and fourth as a member of the Angels…This year, is 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA (15 IP – 12 ER) in three home starts…In his two career games at Angel Stadium as a visitor, was 0-1 with an 18.00 ERA (7 IP – 14 ER); made one start for Giants in 2020 and one for Mariners in 2021.
  • HALO DEBUT: Earned the win in Angels debut on April 2 at Oakland after working 6.0 shutout frames, allowing four hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
  • THE CHANGE: Last season, held opponents to a .179 (41/229) average against his changeup, but opponents are batting .281 (16/57) this year.
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