Before Jered Weaver has an appeal of his six-game suspension
heard, the AL’s ERA leader looks to dominate the Seattle Mariners
Weaver tries to rebound from his first loss in more than two
months as the Los Angeles Angels open a three-game series against
the resurgent Mariners on Friday night.
The two-time All-Star was suspended Tuesday for firing a pitch
over the head of Detroit’s Alex Avila in the Angels’ 3-2 loss
Sunday. Weaver and Avila were the starting battery for the AL in
last month’s Midsummer Classic.
Weaver (14-5, 1.88 ERA) was upset by Carlos Guillen after he
showboated on a solo homer that gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the
“Baseball’s a game of emotions, and I’m not one to let my
emotions get the best of me,” he said. “I’ve had a pretty calm
career so far, but there are just some things that kind of cross
the line. I thought that was one of those things, and I didn’t want
to sit back and take that.”
Weaver, who has allowed a combined two runs in his last three
games at Angel Stadium, will have his appeal reviewed next week
while the team is in New York for a series with the Yankees.
“I wanted my voice heard a little bit on the situation and how
it went down, see what they feel about it and go from there,” he
Before Sunday’s defeat, Weaver had been 8-0 with a 1.28 ERA in
his previous 12 starts following a loss to the Mariners on May 18.
He’s faced Seattle twice since that game and threw complete games
in both, tossing a five-hitter in a 4-0 road win June 14 and a
six-hitter in a 5-1 victory July 7 in Anaheim.
Weaver is 6-1 with a 1.22 ERA in his last nine outings versus
the Mariners, and the Angels have won all 10 home games he’s
started against them.
The right-hander follows Dan Haren, who allowed a run in eight
innings in a 7-1 win over Minnesota on Thursday as Los Angeles
stayed within one game of AL West-leading Texas.
Mark Trumbo homered, doubled and drove in four runs for the
Angels (61-51). Trumbo, who leads all rookies with 21 homers, has
gone deep in each of his last three games against Seattle.
The Angels have won four straight and six of seven from the
Mariners (48-62), who have bounced back from a franchise-record
17-game slide by taking five of seven.
Seattle completed a three-game sweep of Oakland with a 7-4
victory Wednesday. Charlie Furbush allowed two hits over five
innings in his Mariners debut and Casper Wells had two of the
team’s 14 hits.
Furbush and Wells were acquired from Detroit at the trade
“It seems like there’s some kind chemistry building within the
team since I’ve been here,” said Wells, who had two RBIs.
“Everyone’s kind of feeding off each other. Guys are getting hits
in there, it’s contagious. Pitchers are doing are great job. That’s
when the wins come in.”
Seattle’s Jason Vargas (6-10, 4.19) will try to begin August by
ending a long losing streak.
The left-hander went 0-5 with a 6.84 ERA in his final five
starts of July after yielding six runs in 5 1-3 innings of Sunday’s
8-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Vargas outdueled Weaver on May 18, striking out nine in seven
innings of a 3-0 victory, but lost to the Angels on June 13 as he
gave up five runs in seven innings of a 6-3 defeat.