Before the Red Sox embark towards the Bronx for an eventful weekend series, they have to finish up their season series with the Angels. Barring a playoff surge, this will be the last time in 2018 that the Sox will match up with the Angels. For the Red Sox batters, it’s bittersweet. In 5 games against the Angels, the Red Sox have scored an outstanding 45 runs!! The Yankees have an off day today, so the lead could be at 1 game going into a pivotal series before the All-Star Break.

Brian Johnson takes the mound for the Red Sox. Hector Velazquez would be the obvious next pitcher in if Johnson is unable to last long in the game. Through May 11, Johnson was an eyesore in the Sox bullpen.  May 11 was extra innings loss to the Blue Jays. He took the loss, not getting any outs, giving up a 2 run walkoff HR. But since then has lowered his ERA to 4.50.

11 appearances (2.12 ERA)- 17 innings, 18 Hits, 4 Runs, 0 HRs, 3 Walks, 14 Ks

Jamie Barria takes the ball for the Angels, as Scioscia grips his rosary asking God to not let him call on the bullpen as much as he has already. The 21 year old rookie right hander has had a good start to his MLB career. Through 10 starts, his ERA is 3.40 and eight times has allowed just 2 ER or less. But rosary will definitely be needed for the Angels staff, as Barria has pitched into the 6th inning just four times. And with this HR hungry Sox lineup looming, he has given up 14 longballs in just 50.1 innings pitched.

Brian Johnson — Career vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 1 game, 0.00 ERA. That was a relief appearance, where he threw 3 scoreless innings. Career at Fenway Park in 16 games (3 starts), 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:

Jose Briceno —–

Kole Calhoun – 0 for 2

David Fletcher —–

Nolan Fontana —–

Michael Hermosillo —–

Ian Kinsler – 0 for 4

Martin Maldonado – 0 for 1

Albert Pujols —–

Andrelton Simmons – 0 for 1, K

Mike Trout – Walk

Justin Upton – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI

Luis Valbuena – 0 for 2

Chris Young —–

Jamie Barria — First Career start vs the Boston Red Sox.

Barria hasn’t faced any of the current Sox batters.