After splitting their first four battles this season, the Angels and Dodgers resume their series Saturday night with a rematch of last Sunday's pitchers duel, featuring a pair of likely All-Stars in Jered Weaver and Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers won in dramatic fashion when these two dueled on Sunday, scoring two runs in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win. The Dodgers also captured the opener in Anaheim Friday night 5-0, behind an offense that produced 21 baserunners, and seven strong innings by Hiroki Kuroda.
Weaver is 9-4 with a 1.97 ERA this season. He has allowed one run or less in 10 of his 17 starts this season, and has allowed eight total runs in his last seven starts. Weaver has made just six of his 17 starts at home this season, where he is 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA. He has allowed one home run in 44 1/3 innings in Anaheim this season.
Kershaw has two consecutive complete games, and has three complete games in his last six starts. He is 8-3 with a 2.93 ERA on the season, and leads the National League in strikeouts with 128, only two behind Justin Verlander for the major league lead.
Tony Gwynn Jr. had three hits and three walks for the Dodgers on Friday night, and has 10 hits in his last 20 at-bats. Aaron Miles had four hits and a walk, and he has been even hotter, with 29 hits in his last 59 at-bats. Howie Kendrick led the Angels Friday night with two hits, and in his career is hitting .380/.389/.535 against the Dodgers.
Tonight's 6:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised on both Fox Sports West (Angels) and KCAL (Dodgers). For more news and information on tonight's game, or on the two teams, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs Halos Heaven and True Blue LA.