Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers
Tip-off: Monday, July 29, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
- Los Angeles: Weaver (5-5, 2.98 ERA)
- Texas: Garza (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Texas Rangers have been having issues at the plate lately and manager Ron Washington is not feeling it. At the same time, the Los Angeles Angels‘ offense may be without one of its top sluggers for the remainder of this MLB season.
Tonight both teams might face some problems as Matt Garza opposes Jered Weaver in the series opener in Arlington.
The Rangers (56-49) have lost 12 of 15 and are six games back of first-place Oakland Athletics in the AL West. Texas fell 1-0 on Saturday and 6-0 on Sunday, tying a season worst with two hits in the finale as the Cleveland Indians swept the three-game set.
According to the MLB odds, Texas’ 21-inning scoreless streak is their longest since going 25 without a run from Sept. 15-19, 2009, and they’ve been shut out in three of their last four games.
The Washington Nationals closed the clubhouse for 44 minutes after the game to hold a team meeting.
Los Angeles (48-55) will be trying to do the same after dropping the final three of their four-game series with the A’s. Just yesterday they fell 10-6 after Albert Pujols was placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, which has been a problem for him for most of 2013.
According to manager Mike Scioscia the 33 year-old Pujols could miss the rest of the season.
Weaver (5-5, 2.98 ERA) has done a fantastic job lately, going three of his last four starts without allowing a run. The right-hander struck out nine and gave up just two hits through eight innings of Wednesday’s 1-0 victory versus the Minnesota Twins.
The 30 year-old is 4-1 with a 1.32 ERA over his last six outings, with four of his six runs allowed in that stretch coming in a defeat against the Seattle Mariners on July 13.
YouWager experts consider Weaver had a hard against Texas on April 7, giving up five runs and walking four in five innings of a 7-3 loss, ending his four-start winning streak versus the Rangers.
Garza (1-0, 0.00 ERA) has also been sizzling, winning six straight starts while posting a 1.23 ERA after a dominant performance in his debut with Texas after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs. The California native allowed an unearned run and five hits over 7 1/3 innings to beat the New York Yankees 3-1 on Wednesday.