Game Preview 5/1/11: Angels @ Rays – Lucky Number Seven

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (15-12) @ Tampa Bay Rays (15-12)

Pitching Probables: LAA – Jered Weaver (6-0, 0.99 ERA)  TB – Alex Cobb (0-0, -.– ERA)

Game Info: 10:40 AM PT; TV – Fox Sports West; Radio – KLAA 830 AM

What a difference a season makes.  Despite a career year in 2010, Jered Weaver won a mere 13 games in 34 starts but this year he is making his seventh start with a chance to win his seventh game.  That is just plain nuts.

Now before the SABR community gets in a tizzy, I fully realize that getting a win in a game is not entirely within a pitcher’s control.  That being said, Weaver has done as much as humanly possible to earn his six wins.  He has pitched into the seventh or later in every start, thus minimizing the chance of a bullpen blown save, and, most importantly, he has allowed more than one run just once.  And it isn’t like he has gotten loads of run support either.  Twice the Angels have scored three runs for Weaver.  Twice they’ve scored four runs.  Twice they’ve scored five runs.  That ain’t a whole lot of run support, folks.  What I am getting at here is that none of his six wins have been of the cheap variety, he has definitely worked for each and every one of them.

The question though is if he can get his seventh.  If Weaver keeps pitching like he has, I see no reason why he can’t.  And if he doesn’t, hopefully the Angel offense can help him pick up one of the aforementioned “cheap” wins.  After all, they do kind of owe him one.

Monkey See, Monkey Do – Do beg Mike Scioscia to remove Vernon Wells from the middle of the order.  I know I was the guy who plead with fans not to boo Vernon, but it is now May and the statute of limitations on holding out hope for Wells has expired.  Maybe the guy will come around, but he isn’t doing it now and leaving him in the cleanup spot is essentially Scioscia cutting off his nose to spite his face.  It is time, Sosh, drop vernon now.

Monkey See, Monkey Don’t – Don’t ask me who this Cobb kid is.  I like to think I have a pretty wide breadth of baseball knowledge, but Alex Cobb is a veritable unknown to me.  All I know is his Triple-A stats are pretty good this season, but he also isn’t considered a big prospect or anything.  So, umm, yeah.  I don’t know.

The Monkey’s Bananas Prediction of the Game: I am going to go ahead and say right now that I am fully aware that this prediction has an infintesimal chance at happening, but I’m going to make it anyway.  Jered Weaver has done just about everything this season and I see no reason for him to stop now.  In fact, there is really only one thing he hasn’t done (I think we all see where I am going with this).  I predict Jered Weaver drops a no-no on the Rays.

Garrett Wilson

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