Jered Weaver looks for continued home success on Friday night as the Los Angeles Angels open a three-game series against the New York Yankees in Anaheim. Weaver is 8-1 with a 1.87 ERA in 13 home starts this season, and has won his last six decisions in Anaheim. His mound opponent tonight, Bartolo Colon, is having his finest season since winning the Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005.
After allowing 14 runs in his first 12 home starts, Weaver struggled Saturday against the Minnesota Twins, allowing six runs in six innings. However, the Angels offense was up to the task, scoring 10 runs to give Weaver his 16th victory of the season. Weaver has had a rough time in his last two starts overall, allowing 13 runs in 11 innings, which has seen his ERA balloon from a major-league-leading 2.03 to 2.49.
Colon won the 2005 American League Cy Young Award -- arguably, Johan Santana probably should have won -- by going 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA for the Angels, in the second year of a four-year, $51 million deal. It was all downhill for Colon since then, as he hadn't even pitched 100 innings in any season since, combining for a 14-21 record with a 5.18 ERA from 2006-2009.
Colon didn't even pitch in 2010 as he was recovering from shoulder damage. However, he has made quite a resurgence with the Yankees this season. In 25 games, including 22 starts, Colon is 8-9 with a 3.72 ERA. He has walked two batters or less in each of his last 10 starts.
The Angels are 2-4 against the Yankees this season, losing two of three games in both New York and Anaheim.
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