Friday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Felix Doubront vs. C.J. Wilson
|07.05.13 at 9:25 am ET|
When C.J. Wilson and the underachieving Angels host the Red Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Friday night, they will have to face a left-hander who has done anything but underachieve the last two months: Felix Doubront.
Doubront hit a low point on May 8, when he gave up six runs in his only relief appearance of the season. Since then, however, the 25-year-old Venezuelan has been one of the more stable Red Sox starters. His ERA has dropped from 6.40 to 4.22, and although he has gone more than six innings just twice in those nine starts, only once has he allowed more than three earned runs.
In that time, Doubront is limiting opposing batters to a .226 average with a .311 OBP mark, while his ERA (2.89) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.0) also are impressive.
If there is a fault to Doubront’s last two months, it is that he has not often been able to pitching deep into games. He is averaging just under six innings per start — both on the season and during this two-month stretch — which creates more work for a bullpen that has been in a bit of a state of flux of late. It has been a man short ever since Clayton Mortensen was designated for assignment to make room for infielder Jonathan Diaz.
Doubront was solid his last time out, throwing 6 1/3 frames Saturday against the Blue Jays. He gave up just two runs, one of them courtesy of a Jose Bautista home run, and struck out six in the eventual 6-2 loss.
Right in the middle of this wave of momentum, Doubront lost to the Angels, his only career start against the AL West foe. He technically threw a quality start (six innings, three earned runs), but the Red Sox fell, 9-5, after Franklin Morales let Los Angeles blow it open with four earned runs in his two-thirds innings of work.
The left-handed Wilson (8-5, 3.63 ERA), meanwhile, is fresh off a strong June in which he threw four quality starts in six attempts. His most recent start was one of his best, seven innings of three-hit, three-walk ball while striking out 10. He allowed only an unearned run as the Angels topped the Astros, 3-1, on Sunday.
Wilson historically pitches well against the Sox (5-2, 2.85 ERA), though there are individual exceptions, including Dustin Pedroia and his 1.374 OPS.
The Red Sox have won four straight and eight of their last nine, but all those wins have come at home. On the road, they have lost seven of their last 10. Manager John Farrell said he’s looking for the team to finish strong against the Angels, Mariners and Athletics before the All-Star break.
“I think it’s important to have that momentum going into the break,” Farrell said. “You never want to have a stretch where you start to maybe slide back from the confidence that’s been built or the wins that we’ve been able to amass.
“So, we’re going to be challenged not only in terms of the teams we’re playing. Obviously the Angels are playing better now than when they were in town here last.”
Red Sox vs. Wilson (LHP)
Mike Napoli (30 plate appearances): .240/.367/.440, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (20): .471/.550/.824, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout
Jonny Gomes (18): .333/.444/.667, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
David Ortiz (16): .125/.125/.188, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 5 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury (10): .300/.300/.400, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Ryan Lavarnway (9): .000/.111/.000, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (7): .000/.143/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Stephen Drew (6): .333/.333/.333, 3 strikeouts
Daniel Nava (6): .333/.667/.333, 3 walks
Jose Iglesias (5): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Mike Carp (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Shane Victorino (3): .333/.333/.333
Brandon Snyder (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout
Jonathan Diaz has never faced Wilson.
Angels vs. Doubront (LHP)
Josh Hamilton (11 plate appearances): .444/.545/.889, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Erick Aybar (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Alberto Callaspo (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double
Chris Iannetta (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Howie Kendrick (3): .333/.333/.333
Albert Pujols (3): .500/.333/.500, 1 RBI
Mike Trout (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Mark Trumbo (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI
J.B. Shuck (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 RBI, 1 walk
No other current Angel batter has faced Doubront.
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