The red-hot Angels of Anaheim return home winners of 9 of their last 10 and 12 of 15. They are mashing the ball despite still not having Vladamir Guerrero and Torii Hunter in the lineup. The Angels are hitting .320 in their last 10 games and are starting to pull away in the American League West. They now lead the Rangers by 3 games. The Minnesota Twins come in after losing 2 of 3 in Oakland including that memorable 14-13 loss on Monday night. The Twins are still trying to catch the Tigers in the AL Central and trail them by only 2.5 games. Their starting pitching needs to get much better. Twins starters have a 6.55 ERA in their last 10 games.
Scott Baker tries to give the bullpen a rest tonight. Twins fans shouldn’t hold their breath for that. Baker is 8-7 with a 5.10 ERA this year and has surrendered 19 homeruns. The good news is he had a very impressive outing Saturday at Texas. He pitched 8 strong innings only giving up 1 ER while striking out 8. The bad news is in 6 career starts against the Angels, he holds a lofty 5.96 ERA. The Angels will counter with Jered Weaver, who is 10-3 with a 3.41 ERA, but has been getting rocked lately. In his last 3 starts, Weaver has a 5.94 ERA, but the Angels have won all 3 of those games, because they are averaging 11.3 runs in those 3 games. Weaver has been super at home this year, going 7-1, 2.12. In 4 career starts vs. the Twins, he holds a 2.65 ERA.
Minnesota swept the Angels back in April at home, but that was a long time ago. Everything points towards Anaheim in this game. A hot team against a team on a West Coast road trip. This will be an important 4-game series for the Twins. They need to at least split here and give their bullpen a rest. The line in this game has gone down to -153 at Bodog. I will ride the Angels in this one.