Sale will take the mound for the first time since his near-perfect game, and his opponent will once again be the Angels. So far in his young career, Sale has enjoyed pitching against the Halos. In 16.1 innings pitched vs. the Angels, he’s 2-0 with a 0.55 ERA and 16 strikeouts. With no more than two earned runs in each of his last five outings, Sale is beginning to settle into his role as the Sox’ No. 1 starter.
Opposing Sale tonight is lefty C.J. Wilson, who recorded the loss in Sale’s stellar outing last Sunday night in Chicago. The 32-year-old starter pitched a respectable game Sunday against the South Siders — 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER — but he was no match for Sale. Wilson has now lost two straight outings for Los Angeles. With a career 3-2 record against the Sox, Wilson will try to out-duel Sale tonight at home.
Like Sale, the Sox are starting to get hot here in the month of May. The Pale Hose are 8-6 in May and have won four of their last five.
The Angels, on the other hand, continue to disappointment. Last night’s series-opening loss to the Sox pushed the Angels record to 15-26, and they now sit 12 games out of first place in the AL West.
Tonight’s matchup features two teams and two lefty starters going in opposite directions, which figures to give the advantage to the Sox.