The Los Angeles Angels finally look they have gotten past the Boston Red Sox postseason dominance over them, as they had a huge 5-0 game-one victory. Jered Weaver is the starter for the Angels in game two tonight, and he will be trying to continue to shut down the Red Sox hitters when they have men in scoring position. John Lackey did a great job of that in game one, as Red Sox hitters went 0-5 with runners in scoring position. If Weaver can do more of the same, then the Angels will be in great shape to finally get past the Red Sox in the playoffs. Weaver does not have a lot of postseason experience, but the right-hander has pitched well in the two career postseason games he has appeared in. In seven postseason innings, Weaver has eight K’s and has given up two earned runs. Weaver went 16-8 with a 3.75 ERA in the regular season this year.
The Angels’ hitters will have quite a challenge, as the Red Sox ace Josh Beckett is starting. Beckett went 17-6 with a 3.86 ERA this season, but he has proven he steps his game up in the postseason. Becket has a career postseason record of 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA, but he did struggle in last year’s playoffs giving up 14 earned runs in 14.1 innings. The Angels better hope that the Beckett from last year’s playoffs shows up tonight, but that’s not likely since the right-hander is healthy and he wasn’t 100% in last year’s postseason. The Angels need to put the ball in play against Beckett, especially since the Red Sox defense looked very shaky in game one with three errors. The Angels look like they are on a mission to beat the Red Sox and they really want to get a 2-0 lead heading into Boston’s Fenway Park.