The beginning of interleague play might be the ideal way for
Jered Weaver to bounce back from his worst start of the season.
Weaver hopes to help the Los Angeles Angels continue their
interleague success Friday night against the San Diego Padres at
Two starts after throwing a no-hitter, Weaver (5-1, 2.83 ERA)
allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 13-6 loss at
Texas on Sunday.
“Nothing you can do but go back out there and do what you know
what to do and keep battling,” Weaver told the Angels’ official
website. “That’s baseball. You’re going to have four or five of
those starts a year, it’s a given, and it’s just a matter of how
you bounce back from it.”
Facing an NL opponent might give the right-hander with an
excellent opportunity to make that happen. Weaver is 10-3 with a
2.75 ERA in 18 interleague starts, including 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in
his last eight.
He yielded one run in each of his three starts while going 2-0
against the NL in 2011. In his only appearance versus San Diego,
Weaver tossed a five-hitter during a 6-0 home win in 2009.
Though the Angels (17-22) have split their 22 games with the
Padres, they swept the last series in 2009 at Anaheim. Los Angeles
is 4-4 in San Diego, but is making its first trip down Interstate 5
After tying the New York Yankees with a major league-best 13-5
interleague record last season, the Angels are 152-114 all-time
versus NL opponents.
Albert Pujols has batted .296 with eight home runs in 28 regular
season and playoff games at Petco. After homering once in his first
36 contests this season, Pujols has left the park in each of the
last two. His sixth-inning shot provided the only offense in Los
Angeles’ 6-1 loss to Chicago on Thursday.
“We were just trying to get momentum,” said manager Mike
Scioscia, whose team was trying for a third straight win. “We just
have to turn the page on this one.”
Pujols is batting .381 (16 for 42) with a homer against former
St. Louis teammate and scheduled San Diego starter Jeff Suppan
The 37-year-old right-hander has been a pleasant surprise since
the Padres (14-25) called him up from Triple-A Tucson on May 2.
After giving up one run and eight hits over 10 innings of his first
two starts, Suppan allowed three and six hits in six innings of a
3-2 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday.
Suppan, who pitched in Triple-A for Kansas City in 2011, was
signed to a minor league contract by San Diego during the
“He’s relishing every moment,” manager Bud Black told the
Padres’ official website. “He’s not taking anything for
Suppan is 5-3 with a 4.87 ERA in 12 starts against the Angels,
but has not faced them since 2003.
He looks to help the Padres bounce back after managing five hits
during an 8-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday. San Diego’s 125 runs
are the second-fewest in the majors.
Chase Headley, who had one of those hits, is 5 for 14 (.357) in
the last four games. He batted .414 with five RBIs against the AL
San Diego’s .431 (103-136) interleague winning percentage ranks
only higher than Pittsburgh’s .384 (81-130).