The last time the Los Angeles Angels faced the Cleveland Indians just a week ago, the Angels took two out of three from them in Cleveland. Since then the Angels have gone 2 and 7. They will look to bounce back and find some of the same success they found last week versus the tribe.
As for the Indians, they are 7 games behind the first place Detroit Tigers in the AL Central and 4 1/2 games out of a wild card spot. They will look to gain some ground in the race for the playoffs against a struggling and injury-riddled Angels squad.
Weaver is coming off one of his worst starts of the season where he allowed 9 earned runs in just 5 innings against the Yankees. Look for Weaver to return to his old-self against the same Cleveland club he tamed on August 9th where he went 7 strong innings and allowed just 2 runs for a victory. Meanwhile, the Angels hitters will have their hands full with late-season call-up Danny Salazar. Despite sporting an ERA over 4, Salazar has been mostly impressive in his first three big league starts, striking out 22 in just 17 2/3 innings and allowing just 12 hits.
Wilson struggled with his command against the Indians last week in Cleveland going just 5 1/3 innings on 117 pitches but bounced back nicely in the Bronx holding the red hot Yankees to just 1 run despite allowing 11 hits. He’ll be facing Illinois-native, Zach McAllister who after a strong first-half has struggled for the Indians down the stretch. In August, McAllister has an ERA over 5 in three starts.
Williams started strong against the Indians last week in Cleveland but fell apart in the fifth inning allowing two home runs which allowed the tribe to stage a comeback in the final game of the series. Williams has struggled in the second-half giving up 4 or more runs in his last 9 starts. The Angels will have their hands full with Justin Masterson whose had a solid year so far for the tribe having logged just over 175 innings and sporting a cool 1.19 WHIP along with 3 complete game shut-outs. Despite struggling in August, Masterson is coming off a strong start against the Oakland A’s where he allowed 3 runs in 7 2/3 innings.