Having swept Oakland, the Yankees will be out to repeat against the Angels. 

Starting pitching was a big question mark for the New York Yankees entering 2011, but it's been a strength on a 9-game swing through the American League WestNew York looks to keep the good times going this weekend in Anaheim when they take on the Los Angeles Angels. 

A-Rod The trip started poorly for the Yankees last weekend when they dropped the first two in SeattleNew York avoided the brooms with a victory on Sunday, then swept the A's in Oakland to start the week (and as Bob Harvey pointed out their record against the A's is impressive).  After allowing nine runs in the first two games at the Mariners, Joe Girardi's gang let just six runners cross the plate in putting together the 4-game win streak heading into the weekend. 

It's all part of an 11-4 run since mid-May that has lifted the Yanks to the top of the AL East standings with a 31-23 record.  The opposition has scored 42 runs in that span with the starters owning a fantastic 1.75 ERA during this road trip. 

New York backers are just above level on the season at MLB betting windows, the OVER slightly ahead at 26-24-4. 

Some of those stats are due to offensively-challenged lineups in Seattle and Oakland, 12th and 13th in the AL in scoring.  Angels hitters should be a step up, though just a tiny one with Mike Scioscia's offense 11th in the American League at 3.90 RPG. 

The Angels return home after splitting a 6-game trip to Kansas City and Minnesota.  Two of the losses were shutouts, including Wednesday's series finale at the Royals. Los Angeles begins the weekend even in the standings at 29-29, third in the AL West just two games behind Texas

Last season saw the clubs split their eight meetings with the Angels and the OVER 2-1 in the contests at Anaheim

Game 1 - Friday, 7:05 PM (ET) 

The biggest pitching mismatch of the series finds Jered Weaver (6-4, 2.10) a -160 favorite over Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.67) on the MLB odds board.  Friday's total is 7.5 runs. 

This will be Nova's cherry against the Halos with the young Dominican coming off a bad outing last Saturday.  The 5-4 loss to the Mariners was the fourth time in 10 starts this campaign Nova failed to make it through five innings, and the second he couldn't get through the fourth. 

Weaver will be making his eight career start against the Yankees with a 4-2 record and lofty 5.66 ERA.  That includes a start and two relief appearances in the 2009 ALCS. 

Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson have torn Weaver up over their careers with four homers each, and New York catcher Russell Martin also has enjoyed taking his swings vs. the Halos righty with a .368 average and a homer in 21 plate appearances. 

Nobody has taken Weaver deep at home yet this season though that's roughly just a third of his overall pitching log.

**Update**
Weaver led the way as the Angels took home the 3-2 win over the Yankees, as he tied the American League with his seventh victory of the season. Te Yankees will try again Saturday night as they send Sabathia to the mound.

 

Game 2 - Saturday, 6:05 PM 

The top pitching matchup in Anaheim this weekend comes with a caveat. Dan Haren (5-3, 2.29) is coming off a couple of bad outings, at least by his standards, and cut his bullpen session short on Wednesday after experiencing lower back pain.  Haren was to have been examined on Thursday and could be a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup with CC Sabathia (6-3, 2.98). 

Angel Stadium, AnaheimHaren's last start at home (May 24) saw him surrender a season-high five runs to the light-hitting A's in a 6-1 loss; last Sunday in Minnesota he allowed a season-high 10 hits to the even lighter-hitting Twins, though the Angels ended up winning by a 6-5 count. 

Sabathia is just 5-7 with a 4.72 ERA lifetime vs. the Halos but will be working on his fourth-straight win.  The rotund lefty is also going for his fourth consecutive road victory where he's 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA on the season in six starts.  He missed the Angels last season, facing them most recently in the 2009 ALCS when he handily beat them twice. 

Game 3 - Sunday, 3:35 PM 

It's Double Dominican Day at the Big A to close the series with Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.26) scheduled for New York opposite Ervin Santana (3-4, 4.34) for the Halos.  The two righthanders enter the matchup off entirely different results in their last start. 

Santana will be glad to get back home where he's had far better success this season.  The 28-year-old is 2-3 in six assignments at Angel Stadium with a 3.56 ERA as opposed to a 5.35 mark away from home. Santana was belted in Kansas City this past Monday, serving up two home runs and four walks, escaping without a loss when his own offense bailed him out in a 10-8 Angels win. 

Colon rebounded from a poor outing on April 23 to toss a complete game shutout to open the series with the A's in Oakland.  It was the first time he had gone the distance in five years and gave Colon a string of 19.2 straight innings on the road without allowing a run.