Not much has changed since Vernon Wells was patrolling left-field at the Big A. The Angels are sitting 11.5 games back and in fourth place in the AL West during a 2013 season that looks eerily similar to last year. And an east coast road trip didn’t help their cause – the Angels dropped two out of three against the Red Sox and were fortunate to do the same against the O’s at Camden Yards.
In what may be the best news I’ve heard all week: Joe Blanton will NOT get the start against the Yankees Friday night. MLB.com is reporting that (according to Mike Scioscia) Blanton will be pushed back a few days and could pitch against the Mariners in the Angels’ next series. No offense to Joe, but did anyone else hear Halo fans breathe a collective sigh of relief?
Blanton was roughed up by the Red Sox and would probably struggle against New York (if Blanton’s history against the Yanks is any indication). Blanton leads the Majors in losses and hits allowed this season and has been equally bad against the pinstripes posting a 0-3 with an 8.18 ERA in his career.
Game One: June 14, 2013, 7:05 PM PT – Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Fox Sports West, KLAA 830). C.J. Wilson (4-5, 4.02) will take the hill against crafty veteran Andy Pettitte (5-3, 3.82). Wilson has been an enigma of sorts this season – you just never know which C.J. is going to show up. Fans can only hope the C.J. that took us on the roller coaster ride at Fenway doesn’t suit up for this one. New York’s Andy Pettitte just notched his 250th career win and is 14-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 31 career starts vs. the Angels.
Game Two: June 15, 2013, 4:15 PM PT. Tommy Hanson (3-2, 4.12) will face Yankees RHP David Phelps (4-3, 3.90) in the second game of the series. Phelps recently held the Mariners to one run on three hits over six innings in his last start while Hanson picked up the win against the Red Sox in his last start on Saturday. This should prove to be a good match-up.
Game Three: Sunday, June 16, 2013, 12:35 PM PT. The rubber match takes on a post season feel as Angels’ ace Jered Weaver (1-2, 3.77) takes the mound against the Yankees left-handed hurler CC Sabathia (6-5, 4.07). Weaver is looking to redeem himself after a soggy start in Baltimore. Weaver is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 15 K’s in his last three starts. Sabathia struggled to find his command in Oakland – the Yankee ace is 2-1, 4.43 ERA and 22 K’s in his last three starts. You can bet I’ll be watching this one come Sunday afternoon.
Happy Father’s Day!