The Yankees and Angels would rather forget last Wednesday ever happened. Hours after Michael Pineda was ejected for smearing pine tar alongside his neck in Boston, Ernesto Frieri blew a three-run ninth inning lead to the Washington Nationals. New York quickly put Pineda’s 10-game suspension behind, defeating the Red Sox last night. Meanwhile, the Angels dwelled on an incapable bullpen that cost Jered Weaver yet another win.
The last leg of a nine-game road trip begins in the Bronx tonight. With a sweep the Angels place over the .500 mark for the first time since Opening Day 2013.
Coming off his shortest outing of the season- a five inning, three-run outing versus Detroit last Saturday-C.J. Wilson find himself in a favorable environment. The left-hander has a sub 2.50 ERA in 49 2/3 innings at both new and old Yankee Stadium. One he’d rather not remember is his 2010 ALCS game 5 loss when he yielded five earned runs and four walks in five inning of work.
Like Wilson, Hiroki Kuroda has considerable success with his opponent Friday night. He’s 3-2 with a 2.16 ERA in six starts against the Halos, which includes times spent with the Dodgers. More impressive are his last four outings, winning 3-of-4 without allowing a run in each victory. Kuroda is coming off his shortest outing thus far, lasting 5 2/3 innings in a Yankees loss at Tampa Bay.
- Frieri is 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in ten appearances this year.
- The Angels are 15-18 against New York since losing the 2009 ALCS.
- Mike Trout is hitting .383 in 15 games against the Yankees.
TV: 4:05 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West, YES
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