Game No. 32: Los Angeles Angels (16-15) vs. New York Yankees (16-15)

By Jose Serrano

Apr 30, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (33) in the second inning of the game against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Emotions ran high in both dugouts last night. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, and Jered Weaver fed off the hostility. Weaver escaped a bases-loaded situation by forcing Derek Jeter to ground into a double play and celebrated by throwing a right uppercut into the air as he walked off.

The Angels will need that fire if they want to stay over .500. If C.J. Wilson’s last start against New York is any indication, he’ll have a lot of run support to work with.  

Pitching Matchup– C.J. Wilson (4-2, 3.18 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 5.14 ERA)

Wilson and Hiroki Kuroda met on April 25, the opening game in the Angels’ only visit to Yankee Stadium. He earned the team’s only victory of the weekend, yielding one run over six innings in a 13-1 rout. Wilson’s gone 4-1 over the last five starts since allowing six runs to Seattle opening week.

The left-hander will have two factors on his side Tuesday night: a major-league high 9.53 run support average and complete command of the Yankees’ lineup. Wilson is 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA in his last six starts, including a sole start at Angel Stadium last summer.

Kuroda was shelled a season-high eight runs and 10 hits against the Angels last month. He’s struggled over the last three starts going 0-3 with a 6.61 ERA, making it past the fifth inning only once in that span. Still, Kuroda has an impressive 2.03 ERA and 0.975 WHIP in two starts at the Big A.

Walk offs:

  1. Mike Trout is 2-for19 with one extra-base hit over the last six games.
  2. The Yankees are batting .183 against Angels pitching this year, the lowest among opponents faced.
  3. Ernesto Frieri has thrown 4 2/3 scoreless innings since being demoted as closer April 25.

TV: 7:05 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West, YES Network

Radio: KLAA 830, WFAN 660/ 101.9 FM