For all the good that came out of last night’s win, the Angels still have multiple areas of concern. They left 17 men on base went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Were it not for Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia’s 11th inning scuffles, the Angels may have been looking at a 0-5 home record. Even more alarming is Jered Weaver’s dull performances over the last two weeks. He, and the Angels offense, will try to right the ship tonight.
Weaver has lost his first two starts for the first time since 2007, and looks to avoid his first-ever 0-3 record. A decline in his pitch speed has been apparent though two starts and opponents have taken advantage.
Long removed from his 2.41 ERA season in 2011, Weaver has allowed eight earned runs in just 12 innings this season. He was hit hard by the Houston Astros, giving up a career-tying five home runs in 5 2/3 inning to raise his ERA to 6.00. Weaver’s first win will have to come against an unfamiliar opponent, having lost his only career start against New York.
Mets starter Jon Niese is having early struggles of his own. The left-hander battled shoulder inflammation during the spring and had to push back his season debut. He suffered a tough-luck loss last Sunday, allowing two runs through 5 2/3 innings in a game the Cincinnati Reds won 2-1. Niese missed about two months last season with a partial tear in his rotator cuff.
- Angels Designated Hitter Raul Ibanez is two hits shy of 2,000.
- The Angels took 2 out of 3 from the Mets in their 2011 meeting at Citi Field.
- The Mets rank among the worst hitting teams in the majors with a .204 average and 3.8 runs per game.
Forecast: Mainly clear with clouds late, temperature in the mid-50s
TV: 6:05 p.m., Fox Sport West, WPIX (New York)
Radio: KLAA 830, 710 WOR (New York)