Having swept Oakland, the Yankees will be out to repeat
against the Angels.
Starting pitching was a big question mark for the New York
Yankees entering 2011, but it's been a strength on a 9-game swing through the
American League West. New York
looks to keep the good times going this weekend in Anaheim when they take on the Los Angeles
The trip started poorly for the Yankees last weekend when
they dropped the first two in Seattle. New York
avoided the brooms with a victory on Sunday, then swept the A's in Oakland to start the
week (and as Bob Harvey pointed out their record against the A's is impressive). After allowing nine runs in the
first two games at the Mariners, Joe Girardi's gang let just six runners cross
the plate in putting together the 4-game win streak heading into the weekend.
It's all part of an 11-4 run since mid-May that has lifted
the Yanks to the top of the AL East standings with a 31-23 record. The opposition has scored 42 runs in that
span with the starters owning a fantastic 1.75 ERA during this road trip.
backers are just above level on the season at MLB betting windows, the OVER
slightly ahead at 26-24-4.
Some of those stats are due to offensively-challenged
lineups in Seattle and Oakland,
12th and 13th in the AL
in scoring. Angels hitters should be a
step up, though just a tiny one with Mike Scioscia's offense 11th in the
American League at 3.90 RPG.
The Angels return home after splitting a 6-game trip to Kansas City and Minnesota. Two of the losses were shutouts, including
Wednesday's series finale at the Royals. Los Angeles
begins the weekend even in the standings at 29-29, third in the AL West just
two games behind Texas.
Last season saw the clubs split their eight meetings with
the Angels and the OVER 2-1 in the contests at Anaheim.
Game 1 - Friday, 7:05 PM (ET)
The biggest pitching mismatch of the series finds Jered
Weaver (6-4, 2.10) a -160 favorite over Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.67) on the MLB odds
board. Friday's total is 7.5 runs.
This will be Nova's cherry against the Halos with the young
Dominican coming off a bad outing last Saturday. The 5-4 loss to the Mariners was the fourth
time in 10 starts this campaign Nova failed to make it through five innings,
and the second he couldn't get through the fourth.
Weaver will be making his eight career start against the
Yankees with a 4-2 record and lofty 5.66 ERA.
That includes a start and two relief appearances in the 2009 ALCS.
Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson have torn Weaver up
over their careers with four homers each, and New York catcher Russell Martin also has
enjoyed taking his swings vs. the Halos righty with a .368 average and a homer
in 21 plate appearances.
Nobody has taken Weaver deep at home yet this season though
that's roughly just a third of his overall pitching log.
Weaver led the way as the Angels took home the 3-2 win over the Yankees, as he tied the American League with his seventh victory of the season. Te Yankees will try again Saturday night as they send Sabathia to the mound.
Game 2 - Saturday, 6:05 PM
The top pitching matchup in Anaheim this weekend comes with a caveat. Dan
Haren (5-3, 2.29) is coming off a couple of bad outings, at least by his
standards, and cut his bullpen session short on Wednesday after experiencing lower
back pain. Haren was to have been
examined on Thursday and could be a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup
with CC Sabathia (6-3, 2.98).
Haren's last start at home (May 24) saw him surrender a
season-high five runs to the light-hitting A's in a 6-1 loss; last Sunday in
Minnesota he allowed a season-high 10 hits to the even lighter-hitting Twins,
though the Angels ended up winning by a 6-5 count.
Sabathia is just 5-7 with a 4.72 ERA lifetime vs. the Halos but
will be working on his fourth-straight win.
The rotund lefty is also going for his fourth consecutive road victory where
he's 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA on the season in six starts. He missed the Angels last season, facing them
most recently in the 2009 ALCS when he handily beat them twice.
Game 3 - Sunday, 3:35 PM
It's Double Dominican Day at the Big A to close the series
with Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.26) scheduled for New York opposite Ervin Santana
(3-4, 4.34) for the Halos. The two
righthanders enter the matchup off entirely different results in their last
Santana will be glad to get back home where he's had far
better success this season. The
28-year-old is 2-3 in six assignments at Angel Stadium with a 3.56 ERA as
opposed to a 5.35 mark away from home. Santana was belted in Kansas City this past Monday, serving up two
home runs and four walks, escaping without a loss when his own offense bailed
him out in a 10-8 Angels win.
Colon rebounded from a poor
outing on April 23 to toss a complete game shutout to open the series with the
A's in Oakland. It was the first time he had gone the
distance in five years and gave Colon
a string of 19.2 straight innings on the road without allowing a run.