Week ahead for Angels: Freeway Series, 3-game stand vs. Red Sox

The week ahead 

It’s Freeway Series time. And ‘Get Your Red On’ Week on FOX Sports West.

The Angels will play two at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday followed by two more against the Blue Crew at Angel Stadium beginning Wednesday. Both teams are battling their Bay Area rivals for supremacy in their respective divisions. Following the Freeway Series, the new look Red Sox come to town for a weekend stand. All the week’s action can be seen on FOX Sports West.

The week behind 

The club doesn’t have to see Baltimore’s Adam Jones again — in the regular season, at least. Jones wore out the Angels’ pitching during the club’s visit to Anaheim two weeks ago and once again last week when the Halos visited Camden Yards. In six games, he hit four home runs and drove in eight against the Angels.

Record and standings 

After losing two of three in Baltimore and taking two of three in Tampa, the Halos split the six games on their short eastern swing. With the A’s losing to the Royals, 4-2, on Sunday, the Angels are now one game behind first-place Oakland in the American League West standings.

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Thumb’s up

He’s not exactly wowing anyone whenever he takes the mound and he’s certainly not turning heads with his velocity but Angels ace Jered Weaver is quietly among the league leaders in wins in the American League. On Sunday in Tampa, he picked up his 12th win of the season which trails only Max Scherzeer and Rick Porcello of the Tigers who have 13 wins apiece entering Monday action.

Thumb’s down

C.J. Wilson returned from the disabled list Saturday in Tampa and wasn’t able to make it out of the second inning, giving up six earned runs on six hits and striking out two. He also walked two. Over his last five starts, Wilson is 1-1 with a 12.50 ERA with his longest outing lasting just five innings against Minnesota on June 24. 

Player to watch

Since signing with the Angels prior to the 2012 season, Albert Pujols is hitting .351 against the Dodgers. For his career, he’s a .313 hitter with 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 80 career games.  

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Stat to watch 

The Angels are 51-31 against the Dodgers with Mike Scioscia as manager. 

Quotable 

"It’s always exciting when you play the Dodgers. Their fans are great. Our fans are great and it’s going to be a fun matchup, for sure." — Angels outfielder Mike Trout on Freeway Series.