The Angels (25-25) will take on the Oakland Athletics (23-26) in Wednesday night's game in Anaheim in a game that features starting pitchers who have had good success against their opposition.
The Angels will send Ervin Santana (2-4, 4.18 ERA) to the hill in the third of 4 games against the A's. With a 12-3 record and an ERA of 1.99 in 21 career appearances against Oakland, Santana looks to get back on track after his recent outing have been less one-sided. In his last 5 starts versus the A's, Santana has gone 2-2 while having a 4.34 ERA.
So far in 2011, Santana has been inconsistent. After going winless in his first five starts, Santana has gone 2-1 over his last five. During that time he has compiled a 2.81 ERA over 32 innings, allowing 24 hits while striking out 27 and walking just 7. Santana pitched his fourth career shutout in his last outing, a 4-hit win over the Braves on May 20th.
If Santana likes facing the A's, right-hander Trevor Cahill probably likes facing the Angels more. Cahill (6-1, 1.79 ERA) has had great success against the Halo squad in his career. In seven starts, Cahill has gone 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA, which includes one earned run over his last 21 innings against the Angels. Cahill's 6 wins this season has him tied for the league lead with Jered Weaver (and 4 others), while his 1.79 ERA ranks second in the AL.
The Angels are 3-2 during their recent 7-game home stand and are currently a half game behind the AL West division leading Texas Rangers.
Who's Hot - Last 7 Games:
Bobby Abreu - 9 for his last 23 (.391), 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 SB
Torii Hunter - 8 for his last 26 (.308), 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI
David DeJesus- 6 for his last 22 (.273), 2 HR
Who's Cold - Last 7 Games:
Alexi Amarista - 1 for his last 20 (.050), 2 E
Peter Bourjos - 3 for his last 20 (.150), 6 K
Hank Conger - 1 for his last 16 (.063)
Daric Barton- 5 for his last 27 (.185), 7 K
Conor Jackson- 2 for his last 16 (.125)
Mark Ellis - 4 for his last 21 (.190)
Game time is 7:05 (PDT) and will be show in Fox Sports West. For more Angels' news, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.