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Red Sox aim to send Angels to team-record-tying 13th straight loss

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels

  1. Back at the .500 mark for the first time since they were 7-7 on April 22, the Red Sox begin a four-game series in Anaheim. The Red Sox have won four in a row, 13 of their last 18 games, and four straight away from Fenway Park.
  2. Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA and .199 opponents' batting average in six road starts this season. However, his 5.18 ERA in eight career starts against the Angels is his second highest against an American League foe.
  3. Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers has a .395/.430/.754 slash line with 24 extra-base hits and 21 RBI in his last 27 games. He needs three runs scored and three XBH before October to become the 16th player in MLB history to reach 400 in both categories before his 26th birthday.
  4. The Angels open a seven-game homestand having dropped 11 in a row, their longest single-season losing streak since a team-record 12-game slide from mid-September to early October in 1988.
  5. Angels outfielder Mike Trout is hitless in a career-worst 26 consecutive at-bats as his average has dropped from .320 on May 28 to .274. He's batting .196/.400/.268 with a homer, four RBI and 22 strikeouts in 56 at-bats in his last 16 games against Boston.
  6. Angels first baseman Jared Walsh has a .333/.379/.444 slash line with four RBI and four runs scored during a seven-game hitting streak, matching his longest of the season (May 4-10). In eight career games against Boston, he's batting .375/.375/.844 with four homers and 11 RBI.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/6/2022 thru 6/9/2022
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Garrett Whitlock will be on the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night when they take on the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., something that excites the Boston defense.

He also will have the advantage of facing an Angels team that is riding a 12-game losing streak, one defeat shy of the franchise's all-time worst skid.

Whitlock is embracing the idea of pitching to contact, relying on his defense and not relying so heavily on the strikeout. In his most recent start, on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds, Whitlock got a victory after throwing six innings, allowing just one run, which was unearned, while walking none and giving up five hits. He didn't record a strikeout.

"Amazing," Boston's Alex Verdugo said. "It feels like any time a guy is on first base, it's like, 'Hey, a double-play ball is coming up, right?' He's unbelievable throwing bowling balls up there. It's fun to watch. I'm out there in left field wondering if I'm going to get a ball."

It marked just the first time in 10 years and the third time in 24 years that a Red Sox pitcher threw at least six innings, gave up no earned runs and struck out none.

"It's rare," Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush said. "In today's game, very rare. He was throwing a lot of strikes. It doesn't always look pretty with a lot of strikeouts nowadays. I like games like that, where he keeps the ball on the ground and gets double plays."

In a sharp contrast, when Whitlock faced the Angels on May 4, he struck out a season-high nine batters. The 25-year-old right-hander got a no-decision after allowing two runs in five innings in an eventual 10-5 Los Angeles win. That was Whitlock's only career start against the Angels. He also threw one scoreless inning of relief against them last year.

The Angels' bullpen has been a major issue during the losing streak, but recently the offense has been equally inept. Los Angeles was shut out Monday night 1-0 by the Red Sox and has scored two runs or fewer in six of its past seven games.

During the losing streak, the Angels have scored 35 total runs, averaging 2.9 runs per game.

"It's gut-wrenching at times, but you have to move on to the next day," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "It's not easy, but you don't quit, and you go back and try to fix it."

About the only good news for the Angels moving forward is that Mike Trout's career-worst 0-for-26 slide ended Monday when he singled in the first inning. He wound up 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout against Michael Wacha, who fired a three-hit shutout.

"I still think he's trending in the right direction," Maddon said of Trout. "It's frustrating, that's a tough stretch, I don't know if he's ever done that before. He was out here at 12:30 (p.m. Monday) hitting, trying to get a better feel for it. He's so good, so talented, he's just got to stay with it."

Maddon added that injuries -- particularly to Taylor Ward and Anthony Rendon -- have contributed to the offense's decline.

"We're missing some guys that really make the lineup look different," Maddon said. "There's not as much protection, and we went through the same thing last year. We've got to figure out the right combination of things and work it out from there."

As of early Tuesday, the Angels had not yet announced a starting pitcher for Tuesday's game.

The only other time the Angels dropped 12 consecutive games in a season occurred over the final dozen contests in 1988. They then dropped their opener in 1989 before winning the next game.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 7, 2022

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