Monday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Jered Weaver
|05.02.11 at 2:29 pm ET|
The Red Sox were lucky enough to avoid Jered Weaver in last weekend’s four-game series with the Angels, but they won’t be so fortunate this time around, as he’ll take the mound Monday night. They actually would have missed Weaver again, but the 28-year-old righty was scratched from his start Sunday with a stomach illness. Coincidentally, so was Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox’ starter for Monday.
Weaver is an incredible 6-0 this season, making him just the fifth pitcher since 1900 to win at least six games in April. In addition to wins, he also leads the American League in ERA (0.99) and strikeouts (49) and is second in WHIP (0.79). Weaver’s last two victories have been of the complete game variety. He has allowed just one run on 13 hits and a walk while striking out 18 in that span.
If you’re looking for a reason to be optimistic, though, Weaver is just 2-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 10 career starts against Boston. Two of those losses came last season, when he had a 6.00 ERA in two starts. David Ortiz has had the most success against Weaver, as he is hitting .323 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 31 career at-bats. Kevin Youkilis has a pair of homers off him, but he’s hitting just .200 in 30 ABs. Dustin Pedroia has struggled the most, batting .136 with no RBIs in 22 ABs.
For Boston, Buchholz is just 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA this season. After appearing to take a step in the right direction with a win over the Athletics two starts ago, Buchholz struggled in a loss to the Orioles on Tuesday despite the fact that it was his longest outing of the season. He gave up four runs on 12 hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings.
He has done well against the Angels, though, as he is 4-2 with a 4.17 ERA in six career starts. Moreover, current Angels are hitting just .185 against him, with no one batting better than Alberto Callaspo‘s .286 mark. Bobby Abreu is the only Angel with a homer off Buchholz (he has two), but he’s hitting just .235 in 17 at-bats. Erick Aybar has had a miserable time with Buchholz, as he has yet to reach base in 15 plate appearances against him.
Red Sox vs. Weaver
David Ortiz (37): .323/.405/.677, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 walks, 8 strikeouts
Kevin Youkilis (33): .200/.273/.400, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts
Marco Scutaro (30): .276/.300/.379, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
J.D. Drew (25): .273/.360/.409, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (25): .136/.240/.227, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury (15): .267/.267/.600, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts
Jason Varitek (14): .214/.214/.357, 3 strikeouts
Carl Crawford (13): .231/.231/.462, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (12): .222/.333/.222, 2 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Jed Lowrie (9): .333/.333/.667, 3 RBI, 1 strikeout
Darnell McDonald (8): .429/.500/1.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Adrian Gonzalez (4): .750/.750/1.000
Mike Cameron (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts
Angels vs. Buchholz
Vernon Wells (25 career plate appearances): .227 BA/.320 OBP/.273 SLG, 2 RBI, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
Torii Hunter (18): .200/.333/.267, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
Bobby Abreu (17): .235/.235/.647, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Maicer Izturis (17): .267/.353/.400, 4 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Erick Aybar (15): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Alberto Callaspo (15): .286/.333/.286, 1 RBI, 1 walk
Howie Kendrick (10): .111/.100/.111, 2 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Jeff Mathis (10): .143/.300/.143, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Peter Bourjos (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Bobby Wilson (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Hank Conger and Mark Trumbo have never faced Buchholz.
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