Series Preview: Angels Head to Fenway To Take On The Red Sox

By Jason Evans

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.

Aug 19, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium. The Rays defeated the Angels 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

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:

Tuesday: Ervin Santana vs Aaron Cook

Wednesday: Jered Weaver vs Clay Buchholz

Thursday: C.J. Wilson vs Franklin Morales

All games are at 7:10ET/4:10PT