The Los Angeles Angels were swept in four game by Boston at home over the weekend in Anaheim, but look to rebound Monday night against the Oakland A's, in the opener of a three-game set in Anaheim. Luckily for the Angels, they open the three-game series with Oakland with Jered Weaver, who has been supberb this season. Oakland counters with Gio Gonzalez, making his fifth start of the season.
Weaver and Gonzalez are two of just 13 pitchers with a sub-2.00 ERA this season. Weaver is second in baseball with a 1.23 ERA, and he has won all five of his starts this season. Weaver, who led baseball in strikeouts last season, is tied with Roy Halladay for the major league lead with 39 strikeouts this season.
The Angels won 11 of 19 matchups with Oakland last season, including 7-2 in Anaheim. The Angels were shutout in their last two games by the Red Sox, and scored only five runs in their four games against Boston. The Angels have only been shutout in three straight games once in their history, and that was on June 24-26, 1978 against the Rangers and Royals. Tonight's 7:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West.
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