If you had to rank disappointing teams in the American League, you’d probably rank the Boston Red Sox one and the Los Angeles Angels two. Both of these teams have a lot of underperforming stars that the teams expected a lot out of. The Red Sox have a lot of other issues as well that have nothing to do with on the field.
August hasn’t been a fun month for the Angels. They’ve only won five games this month and are coming off of being swept at home by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Angels are now four games out of a Wild Card Spot. The Angels pitching has really been the issue. The Angels ERA this month is 6.76, the worst in the Majors. Their bullpen ERA since the break is 5.99. Its hard to win games when its like that.
August hasn’t been that much better for the Red Sox. They’ve only won six games the entire month. A lot of that has to do with injuries. They’ve had 26 different players go on the DL and are going to lose Carl Crawford for the rest of the season when he undergoes Tommy John Surgery.
Let’s take a look at the pitching matchups:
All games are at 7:10ET/4:10PT