April 25, 2011 by staff
Jered Weaver, Game Day: Oakland to Los Angels in Los Angeles, 22:05 Jered Weaver (5-0) has been the best pitcher in the American League this season, and he will go for their sixth win in as many starts Monday against the Athletics. Weaver has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his five starts so far, and has a league-best 1.23 ERA. Los Angeles (12-10) has lost four straight games since the start last Weaver to fall out of first place in the American League West, while Oakland (11-11) have won their last two. The left-hander Gio Gonzalez (2-1) gets the start for the Athletics, coming off his worst start of the season. Gonzalez allowed four earned runs in six innings Wednesday against the Red Sox, rising his ERA from 0.47 to 1.80.
Jered Weaver is the appearance of an early front-runner for the AL CY Young Award.
The Los Angeles Angels desperately need another good performance from him now.
Weaver goes for his sixth victory in as many starts and tries to help the Angels to avoid a run of five games on Monday, when they start a home series of three games against the Oakland Athletics at 7:05 pm PT.
Weaver (5-0, 1.23 ERA) leads the majors in wins, the American League in ERA and has struck out a major league-leading 39 in 36 2 / 3 innings. Opponents are batting .150 against him.
A win on Monday and Weaver became the first Angels pitcher to start a season 6-0.
It can become the first pitcher to win six in the first of his team 23 games since 2002, when Randy Johnson did it for Arizona. Weaver five wins in the first team in 18 starts in that span more marked since Dave Stewart did the same with the Athletics in 1990.
“It takes a lot to get a start like this,” Weaver told the Angels website official.
The right-hander pitched a complete game against Texas on Wednesday, limiting the Rangers to six hits and struck out eight in a 4-1 victory.
The Angels (12-10) have not won since, getting swept in a four-game series at home to Boston the weekend. They were outscored 20-5 and hit .158 in the series, were shut out in the last two games including a 7-0 defeat Sunday after an average of 5.8 runs per game during a tour before the series 5-1.
“It is difficult to define functions in the lineup when the guys are not playing to their potential,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re not there yet. Many men are struggling, and we have to reverse that.”
Scioscia juggled his batting order on Sunday, moving Alberto Callaspo to the place clean and Howie Kendrick on the sixth hole, but in vain.
The Angels have lost five straight since a run of seven games last April 30 to May 6.
Weaver went 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts against the Athletics last season and has only one victory to show for his last 11 starts against Oakland. A receiver Kurt Suzuki is 10 – of-29 with four doubles and a homer for the Angels pitcher.
Oakland (11-11) will try to keep the Angels’ bats cold and after his third straight victory. After a three-game losing streak, including shutouts of back-to-back, the A’s with 14 runs and 22 hits in his last two games.
Josh Willingham drove in three runs and Coco Crisp had his second straight three hits and scored three times in Sunday’s 5-2 victories over Seattle.
Crisp is 1-for-17 against Weaver, with six strikeouts.
The Athletics will also give the ball to a pitcher with a sub-two ERA in Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.80).
After allowing one run in 19 innings in his first three starts, the lefty allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings of a 5-3 loss to Boston on Wednesday. He struck out a season with nine.
“You can see how they launch, cannot finish with a time that is at the moment, but that’s pretty good,” said the Red Sox, Terry Francona, the official site of athletics. ” “This is a young lefty who does not look like it hurts my arm speed -. Pleasant and free and easy and great breaking ball enough in the line is a tough guy to beat.”
Gonzalez 3-1 with an ERA of 3.29 in five starts against the Angels. He won his two starts against them last year.
Los Angeles has had six meetings between these clubs in Anaheim, and four in a row in the global series.
This week marks the return of Hideki Matsui to Anaheim. The designated hitter, which signed a free agent contract with Oakland in December after a season with the Angels, is an escape from a combined total of 1500 between the U.S. and Japan. He is five homers of 500.
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