|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Aaron Cook vs. Ervin Santana||08.21.12 at 8:54 am ET|
The Red Sox return home on Tuesday after losing two out of three at Yankee Stadium and losing six out of 10 on their road trip. Aaron Cook will take the mound in the first matchup of a three-game set against the Angels at Fenway.
Since Cook took over as a full-time starter on June 24 he hasn’t been able to find any consistency. His second outing on June 29 vs. the Mariners was a two-hit complete-game shutout, but the closest he returned to that scintillating form was on July 16 when he didn’t allow an earned run in seven innings vs. the White Sox in a 5-1 Boston win.
The righty’s last start vs. the Orioles on Aug. 15 was mediocre at best. He allowed five runs on three hits, but only two runs were earned, though he was undone by his own error. He only went 5 1/3 innings before being pulled in favor of Andrew Miller.
Good news for the Red Sox: Cook is 2-1 with a 2.86 ERA including one complete game against the Angels in his career. Albert Pujols, a former NL player, has the most at-bats vs. Cook out of any current Angels player and is 6-for-17 in his career.
The Angels will send Ervin Santana to the mound opposite Cook.
Santana’s season has been a major disappointment, but it looks like it’s turning around. In April, he was 0-5 with a 6.16 ERA, but in three starts in August he’s 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA. Overall he’s still a dismal 6-10 with a 5.59 ERA and has allowed 28 home runs, which ranks second worst in the AL.
The righty earned his sixth win of the season in his last start on Aug. 15 in a 8-4 win over the Indians. Santana went seven innings, allowing one run over four hits.
The 29-year-old is 2-3 with a 4.27 ERA in 10 starts vs. Boston in his career and is 1-2 with a 4.12 ERA in seven career starts in Fenway. Six Red Sox have more than 10 at-bats vs. him. Carl Crawford and Scott Podsednik have the most at-bats, with 33 and 31 respectively. Crawford is 10-for-31 and Podsednik is 8-for-28.
Angels vs. Cook (RHP)
Albert Pujols (21 plate appearances): .353 BA/.476 OBP/.471 SLG, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout
Alberto Callaspo (11): .200/.182/.200, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Torii Hunter (9): .333/.333/.444, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Erick Aybar (6): .167/.167/.167
Maicer Izturis (6): .500/.500/.667, 1 double
Kendrys Morales (6): .167/.167/.667, 1 home run, 1 RBI
Vernon Wells (6): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI
Howie Kendrick (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Bobby Wilson (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Red Sox vs. Santana (RHP)
Carl Crawford (33 plate appearances): .313 BA/.333 OBP/.500 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts
Scott Podsednik (31): .286/.355/.393, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (19): .176/.263/.294, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Nick Punto (16): .438/.438/.750, 1 double, 2 triples, 3 RBIs, 3 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury (15): .267/.267/.467, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts
Adrian Gonzalez (13): .200/.385/.200, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
Mike Aviles (7): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts
Danny Valencia (7): .143/.143/.143, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Cody Ross (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeouts
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
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