August 28, 2011 – By Scott
The Los Angeles Angles headed into their three-game weekend series against the Texas Rangers with a lot at stake as the MLB regular season in beginning to wind down. They were in second place in the AL West behind the Rangers heading into the weekend and that is where they stand after the first two matchups.
The Rangers (75-59) took Game 1 of the series 11-7 but the Angels responded on Saturday with a 8-4 win. Now, the two teams will meet on Sunday Night Baseball and the Angels have a shot to cut the Rangers lead to just one game.
Just how important this series is to the Angles (72-60) is evident by the move manager Mike Scioscia made heading into the weekend. The Angels skipper opted to change his starting pitching rotation to allow his best three to pitch over the weekend. Which means that tonight’s starter, Jered Weaver will pitch on just three day’s rest. But according to Weaver, it’s a move he is not worried about at all despite the lack of rest.
“It’s not a big deal,” Weaver told the team’s official website. “Guys used to pitch on two days’ rest. We always mess around about going on short rest. It just came up.”
Weaver (15-6, 2.03 ERA) has had success against the Rangers in his last seven starts against Texas. He is 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA and 2-1 this season. In his last outing on Wednesday, Weaver gave up just four hits and struck out eight in seven innings of work in the Angels 8-0 win over Chicago.
Texas will send Colby Lewis to the mound on Sunday night. The right-hander is 11-9 with a 4.07 ERA on the year but is coming off probably the worst start of the season for Lewis. In his start against Boston on Tuesday, Lewis gave up seven runs in six innings in the Rangers 11-5 loss to the Red Sox. In his last four starts against the Angels, he is 0-2 but has only been given four runs by his offense during this span.
MLB sportsbooks have the Rangers favored on Sunday night with their moneyline set at -115. The Angels have their line set at +105.