American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 27th
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (28-22) at Seattle Mariners (25-25), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Jered Weaver (5-3, 2.85)
Seattle - Roenis Elias (3-3, 3.68)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Jered Weaver has been one of the top pitchers in
baseball over the past month. He'll try to follow up his best effort of the
season on Tuesday when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continue a four-game
set with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Weaver was winless through his first three starts this season (0-2), but has
responded by winning five of his next six decisions and is coming off a
complete game win over the Houston Astros his last time out. He gave up a run
and two hits and struck out five in that one to improve to 5-3 on the year.
"I'm definitely feeling stronger towards the end of the game more than I did
early on," Weaver said. "Just the endurance part of it has been back; velocity
is getting back to where it needs to be. I'm just trying to figure this thing
out, man. I feel great, I feel healthy, but I still feel like strength can get
Since giving up four runs in a no-decision against the New York Mets back on
April 12 that left him with a 5.79 ERA, Weaver has allowed no more than two
runs in seven starts since and has trimmed his ERA nearly three runs to 2.85.
Seattle has given Weaver fits, though, as he is just 1-5 with a 4.05 ERA in
six starts since 2012. He lost to the Mariners earlier this season and is 13-9
lifetime against them with a 3.26 ERA in 28 starts.
The Mariners, meanwhile, will turn to 25-year-old lefty Roenis Elias, who is
3-3 with a 3.68 ERA. Elias didn't get a decision versus the Astros on
Thursday, despite a solid showing that saw him surrender a run and three hits
in 5 1/3 frames. However, he did walk four batters in his team's 3-1 win.
Elias lost to the Angels back on April 9.
Seattle drew first blood in this set on Monday, as Chris Young was terrific on
the hill and Robinson Cano continued to tear it up at the plate, going 3-for-4
with two RBI in the Mariners' 5-1 victory.
Young (4-2) did not allow a hit until the sixth inning. He struck out five and
surrendered just one run and two hits over 6 1/3 solid frames.
"I don't think he was doing anything we didn't expect," said Angels manager
Mike Scioscia on Young. "He just put the ball into some gray areas and we
didn't square up really well."
Over his last 15 games Cano is batting .440 with 11 RBI.
"He's (second in the AL) in hitting (.332) and got 30 RBI. He's doing pretty
good," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Albert Pujols homered and Tyler Skaggs (4-2) was tagged for five runs -- two
earned -- on seven hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings for the Angels,
who fell for only the second time in their last six games.
Seattle has won five of six from the Angels this season.
05/27 10:35:09 ET