American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 16th
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (4-6) at LA Angels of Anaheim (3-6), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Brandon McCarthy (0-1, 2.50)
LA Angels - Jered Weaver (1-0, 3.21)
(Sports Network) - Jered Weaver will try to get the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim back on track tonight when they open a four-game set against the
Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium.
The Angels return home licking their wounds a bit after a 2-4 road trip that
culminated with an 11-5 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday. Mark Trumbo
and Chris Iannetta each homered in defeat for Los Angeles, which has won just
three of nine to start the season.
Jerome Williams (0-1) didn't make it out of the third inning in his first
start of the season and was tagged for five runs on five hits and three walks
in 2 2/3 innings.
"I think we're going to get out of this funk," Angels outfielder Torii Hunter
said. "Everything's going to be fine."
After using his bullpen for 5 1/3 innings last night Angels' manager Mike
Scioscia will need a big effort from Weaver tonight, but he enters this start
following a miserable effort his last time out. After scattering four hits in
eight scoreless innings to win his debut, Weaver was roughed up by the
Minnesota Twins on Wednesday for five runs and seven hits in six innings. He
also struck out seven and avoided a decision in his team's 6-5 loss that
"I felt good, just left a couple pitches up and fell behind," Weaver said
after the start. "Anytime you do that in a big league game, it's going to
Weaver has had trouble finding the win column against A's over the course of
his career, posting a 6-7 mark, but has pitched well, as evidenced by a 2.85
ERA in 20 starts. He has a 1.63 ERA in eight career home starts against
Oakland, but just a 2-3 record to show for it due to a 2.9 run-support
Oakland, meanwhile, dropped the final two of their three-game series with the
Seattle Mariners over the weekend, falling 5-3 in Sunday's finale at Safeco
Graham Godfrey (0-2) took the loss, allowing five runs -- three earned -- on
six hits over five innings.
"I was a little disappointed in myself," said Godfrey. "Our offense showed
some life, we get some momentum going and then I gave it right back to them.
That's the one thing that will sting the most."
The A's have tallied fewer than 10 hits in each of their first 10 games, tying
the record from the team's 1978 campaign.
Getting the call for the A's tonight will be righty Brandon McCarthy, who is
0-1 through three starts with a 2.50 ERA. He did not get a decision on
Wednesday against Kansas City, but was impressive, allowing just two runs and
six hits in six innings of a 5-4 win.
McCarthy is 1-2 lifetime versus the Angels with a 4.79 ERA in nine games (five
The A's won 11 of their 19 matchups with the Angels last season. However, the
Angels are 11-5 in the last 16 meetings at Angel Stadium against the A's.
04/16 10:49:47 ET