10/03/2004 11:49 PM ET
Angels-Red Sox ALDS probables
Colon vs. Pedro matchup looms in Game 2
By Ian Browne and Doug Miller / MLB.com
Here are the pitchers scheduled to start in Angels-Red Sox series:
The Anaheim Angels
Game 1: Jarrod Washburn (11-8, 4.64 ERA)
Washburn, the Angels' only lefty pitcher, gets the nod because he'll be the freshest starter for the Angels after the grueling stretch run that saw them go to a four-man rotation for the last two weeks of the season, throwing every pitcher on three days' rest. Washburn actually might be fresher than any pitcher in the playoffs, too. He missed six weeks of starts in June and July because of torn cartilage near his sternum and has significantly less innings than most starters at this time of year.
Game 2: Bartolo Colon (18-12, 5.01)
It was a tale of two half-seasons for Colon, who was signed for four years and $51 million last winter to be the Angels' ace. Colon didn't look like much of an ace at all through July 3, when he was clobbered in Los Angeles and saw his record sink to 5-8 with a 6.57 ERA. But he turned it around dramatically and powered the Angels to the playoffs with a 13-4 record from that point on. His seven innings of shutout ball on three days' rest in Oakland on Oct. 1 put the Angels in the driver's seat in the AL West.
Game 3: Kelvim Escobar (11-12, 3.93)
Ask any Angels player or staff member who the team's best starter was in 2004 and they'll probably all say Escobar, despite the sub-.500 record the right-hander carries into postseason play. Escobar was the staff's co-leader in innings pitched and led the staff in strikeouts and ERA, but he ranked last by a large margin in run support and usually was on the losing end when the team didn't score runs for him. Still, Escobar kept his cool and proved for the first time in his career that he was durable and even-tempered enough to make it as a front-line starter.
The Boston Red Sox
Game 1: Curt Schilling (21-6, 3.26)
The Red Sox couldn't have asked to go into the postseason with a pitcher on a better roll than the one Schilling is on. The right-hander went 8-0 in his final nine starts, reaching the 20-win plateau for the third time in the last four years. He is a veteran of postseasons past, going to the World Series with the 1993 Phillies and winning it all with the Diamondbacks in 2001. Schilling is 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 11 postseason starts.
Game 2: Pedro Martinez (16-9, 3.90)
The three-time Cy Young Award winner didn't finish the season the way he would have liked, entering the postseason with his first four-start losing streak in over a decade. The positive thing for Martinez is that he had his healthiest season in four years, avoiding the disabled list and pitching 217 innings. He topped 200 strikeouts for the eighth time in nine years. Martinez is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in eight postseason appearances. One concern for Martinez this season has been the long ball, as he matched a career high by giving up 26 homers.
Ian Browne and Doug Miller are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.