American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 20th
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (8-5) at LA Angels of Anaheim (4-9), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Brian Matusz (0-2, 8.38)
LA Angels - Jerome Williams (0-1, 16.88)
(Sports Network) - Brian Matusz could be pitching for his spot in the rotation
this evening when the Baltimore Orioles open a three-game series with the
struggling Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium.
The fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, Matusz was awful last season going
1-6 with a 10.29 earned run average in 12 starts. Things haven't gone any
better this year, as Matusz is 0-2 with an 8.38 ERA through his first two
starts, and he's allowed 13 hits in his first 9 2/3 innings.
"It's so frustrating," Matusz said. "I know what went on last year, I know it
was a horrible year and so far I'm off to a horrible start."
Matusz, who has not won since June 6 of last season, has also walked more
batters (eight) than he's struck out (five), and he hasn't completed six
innings in either of his first two outings.
He's faced the Angels three times and is 1-2 with a 5.74 ERA against them.
The Orioles enter tonight's tilt on a bit of a roll after taking three of four
from the Chicago White Sox following a 5-3 win in Thursday's finale. Adam
Jones hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI for Baltimore, which has
won five of its last seven.
Jason Hammel (2-0) gave up two runs on six hits and three walks over six
innings and tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in the win. Jim Johnson
struck out Alex Rios with two down and the bases loaded in the ninth for his
sixth save of the season.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, is still trying to get it going and comes into this
series after dropping three of four to the Oakland Athletics. After winning
the opener of that series the Angels lost the final three games, including
Thursday's 4-2 setback.
Albert Pujols hit three doubles and scored a run for the Angels, who have lost
seven of their last nine. Pujols has hit safely in his last nine games and has
raised his average to .296 but is still homerless through 54 at-bats.
C.J. Wilson (2-1) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on two hits and three
walks while striking out eight to suffer the loss.
Tonight the Angels turn to righty Jerome Williams, who was roughed up by the
New York Yankees in his first start. Williams couldn't get out of the third
inning in that one, as he surrendered five runs and five hits and walked three
batters in just 2 2/3 frames.
Williams, though, has beaten the Orioles both times he has faced them and has
pitched to a 2.51 ERA in doing so.
The Angels were 6-3 versus the O's a year ago after Baltimore won all six
in the 2010 season series.
04/20 11:38:22 ET