Friday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Allen Webster vs. Jered Weaver

August 08, 2014 - 4:39 am
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The Red Sox head out to the West Coast during the second leg of their eight-game road trip to take on the Angels for a three-game set in Anaheim. Boston will send Allen Webster to the mound against Jered Weaver in the series opener. Webster (1-1, 6.75 ERA) will be looking to bounce back from his last start Saturday against the Yankees, as the right-hander completely lost command on almost all of his pitches. Webster only lasted 2 2/3 innings, surrendering four earned runs and six walks in what was a 6-4 Yankees victory. "Yeah, it was clear he lost command of the strike zone," said manager John Farrell after the game. "And while there's plenty of stuff in terms of fastball action, swing-and-miss to his changeup, just the ability to make an adjustment from either pitch-to-pitch or hitter-to-hitter was elusive." While Webster -- who carries an 8.22 ERA in 10 career major league appearances -- has had his fair share of growing pains with the Red Sox, Farrell said that the 24-year-old righty is making strides in his goal to gain more consistency in his outings going forward. "I would say yes, he's repeating his delivery on his side day," Farrell said. "We're also looking forward to seeing the adjustments that might be needed inside a given game be accomplished. That's always the challenge of bringing the bullpen [session] into the game and executing it, having the wherewithal to step off and regroup if those situations call for it and make necessary adjustments. That's where our evaluation probably stems. It's not about stuff; it's a matter of making adjustments." Friday will stand as Webster'€™s first career appearance against the Angels. After allowing six earned runs in just five innings of work against the Orioles on July 29, Weaver (12-6, 3.59 ERA) rebounded in his next start Sunday against the Rays, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings while striking out three batters en route to a 7-5 Angels victory and his 12th win of the year. Weaver, who has won his last five decisions after taking a loss on June 16, had a large cushion before even walking out to the hill Sunday, as the Angels scored five runs off of Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the first inning. "You can't complain too much when [the bats] put five runs on the board there in the first," Weaver said after the game. "It makes the starting pitcher's job a little bit easier." Weaver'€™s last outing against Boston came on July 7, 2013, as the 6-foot-7 righty did not allow a run in 6 2/3 innings in what eventually resulted in a 3-0 Angels win. In 14 career starts against the Red Sox, Weaver is 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA. Red Sox vs. Weaver (RHP)  David Ortiz (36 plate appearances): .313/.361/.563, 2 home runs, 9 RBIs Mike Napoli (31): .333/.419/.630, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs Dustin Pedroia (30): .179/.233/.250, 2 doubles, 7 strikeouts Brock Holt has one single and one walk in three plate appearances against Weaver. Daniel Nava has one single in three plate appearances against Weaver. Angels vs. Webster (RHP) Webster has not faced any Angels batters in his career.

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