Angels right-hander Jered Weaver has been lights out of late and lights out at home all season. Play the home side Friday night in Anaheim when the Halos host the Blue Jays.
I'm playing the Angels at home in Anaheim over the Toronto Blue Jays in the matchup of Dustin McGowan and Jered Weaver.
McGowan has fared quite well at Rogers Centre, but he's really struggled at times away from home. In fact, he's 0-3 in six road starts this season, sporting a hefty 5.91 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Tonight, he and the Jays will face an Angels' squad that owns the American League's second best record. And, they'll have to try and do something they have not been able to do in two previous tries...solve Jered Weaver.
The Angels' righty has won both of his starts against the Jays, and he's almost untouchable at Angel Stadium. Despite some problems away from home, Weaver has allowed just eight earned runs and 32 base runners in 32.1 IP in Anaheim. That's a sizzling, 2.23 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, to go along with a fantastic .212 BAA!
In his last three starts overall, Weaver has directed the Angels to three wins giving up a grand total of two runs and 15 base runners in 20.1 innings of work. In fact, he's allowed just three, five and one hit in his last three starts.
With Weaver normally going into the seventh, or in fact, completing seven full innings at home, I expect the Halos to cruise into the ninth where, if needed, they have the league's top Saves guy, Fransisco Rodriguez. The line is cheap and I'll gladly lay it with the Angels.
Free Pick: Angels -130