Saturday night the Red Sox and Angels will meet for the third time at Angel Stadium. This matchup will feature Drew Pomeranz of the Red Sox versus Hector Santiago of the Angels.
Pomeranz is 8-8 in 19 starts this season with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.117 WHIP. Since being traded to the Red Sox from the Padres earlier this month, Pomeranz is 0-1 in two starts with a 7.00 ERA and a 1.778 WHIP. On Monday, Pomeranz pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. The only two runs Pomeranz allowed came in the sixth inning on a Jose Iglesias two-run home run. Until that inning, Pomeranz had prevented any runners from getting to third base and only three balls had left the infield.
“He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade,” manager John Farrell said. “Likely a six-inning pitcher. Chance to go keeper if the pitch count is a little bit shortened from where it was. Don’t want to start him with an inning at over 100 pitches. I thought a very good curveball tonight compared to his last time out. A number of swing-and-miss to it. Unfortunately, the one pitch that cost us was a fastball that stayed up over the plate to Iglesias. He was very good, I thought for the six innings of work.”
In eight career appearances (three starts) against the Angels, Pomeranz is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.157 WHIP. The 27-year-old southpaw last saw the Angels in August of 2015 in a relief appearance, as a member of the Athetics. Pomeranz retired the final two Angels batters by way of ground out in that contest. In April of 2015, Pomeranz made his most recent start against the Angels. In that outing, he went five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk with six strikeouts.
Santiago is 9-4 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.305 WHIP. With the trade deadline approaching, Santiago’s name has been linked to deals involving the Marlins, Orioles and Pirates. On Monday, Santiago pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, five hits and four walks with five strikeouts in a 6-2 Angels win.
Against the Sox, Santiago is 2-3 in seven games (six starts) with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.376 WHIP. On July 2 of this year, the 28-year-old lefty pitched six innings, allowing one unearned run, four hits and four walks with four strikeouts in a game his team won in a rout, 21-2.
Red Sox vs. Santiago (LHP)
Dustin Pedroia (18 plate appearances): .286 AVG./.389 OBP/.500 SLG, 3 doubles, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
David Oritz (15): .214/.267/.214, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Hanley Ramirez (12): .273/.333/.364, 1 double, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Xander Bogaerts (11): .556/.636/.667, 1 double, 2 walks
Mookie Betts (9): .222/.222/.444, 2 doubles, 2 strikeouts
Aaron Hill is 1-for-5 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Brock Holt is 2-for-6 with 1 double and 1 strikeout.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-5 with 5 strikeouts.
Bryce Brentz is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.
Sandy Leon is 1-for-2.
Travis Shaw is 0-for-3.
Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout.
Michael Martinez is 1-for-1 .
Angels vs. Pomeranz (LHP)
Albert Pujols (12 plate appearances): .083 AVG./0.83 OBP/0.83 SLG, 2 strikeouts
Mike Trout (11): .125/.364/.500, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts
Kole Calhoun is 2-for-5 with 1 strikeout.
Yunel Escobar is 1-for-2 with 1 walk.
Johnny Giavotella is 1-for-2 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs.
Gregorio Petit is 1-for-2 with 1 double and 1 strikeout.
Daniel Nava is 0-for-1 with 1 strikeout.