The Angels and Red Sox open a four-game series Monday night at Fenway Park, in what is likely to be a battle between two pitchers who battled stomach problems over the weekend. Jered Weaver was scratched from his Sunday start in Tampa Bay with a stomach virus, while Clay Buchholz was also scratched Sunday while facing "intestinal turmoil," as manager Terry Francona told the Boston Herald. Boston swept the Angels in a four-game series from April 21-24 in Anaheim.
Weaver has made six starts this season, and has six wins, which leads the majors. Weaver is second in MLB with both a 0.99 ERA (Josh Johnson of Florida has a microscopic 0.88 ERA) and 49 strikeouts (two behind Matt Garza of the Cubs). Weaver has a streak of 13 straight quality starts, dating back to last season.
Buchholz, who won 17 games last season, is 1-3 this year with a 5.33 ERA. He has struggled with his control, with 16 walks and 15 strikeouts in 27 innings. The Red Sox salvaged a game from Seattle on Sunday with a home win, and is 2-4 since sweeping the Angels.
Monday night's 4:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.