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Tonight In Anaheim Features A Pitchers Duel Of The Highest Order

If you have a few hours tonight, be sure to watch the game between the Angels and Mariners in Anaheim. No, not because the Angels are facing the 35-54 Seattle club, but rather because tonight features a stellar pitching duel between Jered Weaver and Felix Hernandez.

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Neither Weaver nor Hernandez were named initially to the American League All-Star team, an egregious oversight for both. If the AL pitching staff had just five or six pitchers instead of 13, both should have been All-Stars. As it was, Weaver was named as a replacement All-Star, but was himself ineligible to pitch because he started on Sunday before the break.

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Weaver and Hernandez are at or near the top in several pitching categories in the American League:

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Strikeouts: Weaver 1st, Hernandez 2nd
ERA: Hernandez 7th, Weaver 11th
FIP: Weaver 4th, Hernandez 6th
xFIP: Weaver 2nd, Hernandez 5th
Innings: Hernandez 1st, Weaver 6th
Wins Above Replacement: Hernandez 4th, Weaver 5th

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This is the third time Weaver and Hernandez have faced off this season, and Weaver has yet to allow an earned run. The Angels won both contests, on May 7 and May 29, the last game otherwise known as the Kendry Morales cart-off grand slam game.

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No matter how you slice it, tonight in Anaheim will feature a classic pitching matchup. Just sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy.