Angels' fans are holding their breath, hoping that the recent breakout performance by Vernon Wells is a positive sign of things to come. If Wells' season-long slump is over, the Angels could be heading into happy times and happier pennant races. Hitting .400 (6 for 15) with 2 home runs over his last four games, Wells' swing adjustment looks to be paying dividends - the kind of dividends the Halo pitching staff is looking for.
Jered Weaver (7-4, 2.24 ERA) looks to take advantage of Wells' recent offensive outburst as he's just 1-4 over his last 8 starts. In those starts, the Angel hitters provided Weaver with just 10 runs.
The Angels are 32-36 on the season, but have dropped nine of their last 12 games. Prior to Wells' two home runs last night, the Angels hadn't hit a home run in their previous 6 games. In seven career starts against the Mariners, Weaver has gone 4-1 while compiling a 1.48 ERA
Doug Fister (3-7, 3.40 ERA) takes the hill for the Seattle Mariners (34-33). The right-hander is suffering through the same lack of run-support as the Angel pitching staff. In his last 2 games, the Mariners have scored one run.
Who's Hot - Last 7 Games:
Bobby Abreu - 8 for his last 21 (.381), 2 2B
Howie Kendrick - 8 for his last 23 (.348), 4 2B
Vernon Wells - 6 for his last 21 (.286), 2 HR
Bendan Ryan- 7 for his last 23 (.304)
Who's Cold - Last 7 Games:
Mark Trumbo - 2 for his last 20 (.100)
Jeff Mathis - 1 for his last 10 (.100)
Alberto Callaspo - 0 for his last 11 (.000)
Ichiro Suzuki - 6 for his last 25 (.240)
Miguel Olivo - 4 for his last 14 (.188), 3 HR, 7 RBI
Adam Kennedy -5 for his last 23 (.217)
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