Jacoby Ellsbury, Slumping Red Sox Look to Break Through Against C.J. Wilson, Angels


Jacoby Ellsbury, Slumping Red Sox Look to Break Through Against C.J. Wilson, AngelsEditor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days.

The Red Sox enter Thursday's game against the Angels as losers of three straight, which includes dropping back-to-back contests against the Halos to begin the series.

Starting pitching has been an issue all season for the Sox, but lately, the offense hasn't exactly been performing up to its potential, either, which is a recipe for disaster. On Thursday, Boston will be tasked with getting to lefty C.J. Wilson, who signed a monster contract with Los Angeles in the offseason.

Wilson enters Thursday's game having not recorded a win since June 26. He's 0-5 since then, a span that includes 10 starts, and he's watched as his ERA has soared from 2.36 all the way up to its present 3.62 mark. His record stands at 9-9 after such a promising start to his first season with the Angels.

Perhaps Wilson can use Thursday's game against the slumping Sox to get on track, though. The Red Sox lead the AL with a 23-15 mark (.605) when facing a left-handed starter, but they've scored more than three runs just once in their last 12 games.

The Red Sox and Angels temperatures for Thursday, Aug. 23 are below.

Red Sox
Scott Podsednik, 80
Mauro Gomez, 73
Mike Aviles, 70
Dustin Pedroia, 70
Pedro Ciriaco, 67
Nick Punto, 66
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 65
Ryan Lavarnway, 64
Adrian Gonzalez, 64
Daniel Nava, 63
Cody Ross, 60
Jacoby Ellsbury, 59

Angels
Albert Pujols, 90
Maicer Izturis, 83
Erick Aybar, 81
Mike Trout, 80
Howie Kendrick, 79
Chris Iannetta, 75
Bobby Wilson, 72
Alberto Callaspo, 69
Torii Hunter, 64
Kendrys Morales, 61
Vernon Wells, 59
Mark Trumbo, 57

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