For a team atop the wild card standings, finding a way around division opponents hasn’t been easy for Los Angeles. The Angels won 11 of 19 games against Seattle last year but have already lost five of their first seven this season. They are 8-11 against the AL West with all but three wins coming against the cellar-dwelling Houston Astros.
Seattle hit Tyler Skaggs early and often in a 5-1 Memorial Day victory. The unpredictable left-hander allowed five runs- two earned- in seven innings of work; his fifth straight outing with six innings or better. Skaggs nearly escaped the second unscathed were it not for Erick Aybar’s two-out error that led to three unearned runs. It was the former Gold Glove winner’s team-leading fourth error.
Two games separate the rivals, yet they don’t meet again until September once this series wraps up. If the Angels don’t split the four-game set, it may haunt them once October rolls around.
The last time Jered Weaver took the mound against Seattle he battled an undisclosed illness that left him throwing up in the clubhouse. He gave up four runs-three earned-six hits, and three walks in the Mariners’ Opening Day win. Judging by his performance over last month, that won’t be the case Tuesday.
Weaver is coming off his first complete game since 2012. The Angels’ ace only needed 94 pitches, limiting Houston to two hits and one walk in his seventh consecutive start to yield two runs or less. He takes a 0.99 WHIP into his 29th career start at Safeco Field, though he’s 1-5 with a 4.05 over the last six starts against the Mariners.
Roenis Elias was a hard-luck loser in the Halos’ 2-0 victory April 9. He yielded four hits and two runs over five innings, lowering his ERA to 2.70. Control has been an issue as he averages just under four walks per game while maintaining a 1.33 WHIP. Right handers are hitting .251 against Elias and account for six of seven home runs allowed.
- Josh Hamilton hasn’t resumed his rehabilitation assignment since bruising his surgically-repaired left thumb last Thursday.
- Kole Calhoun is 1-for-15 with a walk since returning from the DL.
- The Angels average 2.3 runs per game against Seattle this season.
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