Kelvim Escobar spent his entire career in Toronto before this season. Now he’ll have to figure out a way to beat his former team.
Escobar faces Toronto for the first time since signing with Anaheim as the Angels and Blue Jays resume a three-game series at SkyDome.
Escobar spent his first seven big league seasons with the Blue Jays before inking a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Angels this past offseason.
The right-hander went 58-55 with a 4.58 ERA with Toronto, including 13-9 with a 4.29 ERA last season. He won a career-best 14 games in 1999.
“I don’t have anything against the Blue Jays,” said Escobar, who expressed some frustration that the Blue Jays shuttled him between the rotation and bullpen. “I appreciate a lot of the things they did for me when I was there.
“But I always thought that when (the first start against them) comes, I want to show them what I’m capable of doing.”
Escobar will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak. He allowed a season-high six runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings of Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Escobar has not won since June 8, when he allowed one run in eight innings of a 5-2 victory over Cleveland. He has posted a 4.15 ERA in six starts, but the Angels have scored a total of just 11 runs in those outings.
The Angels have averaged less than one run of support in Escobar’s five losses.
“Kelvim’s been our most consistent starter,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. “His record doesn’t come close to showing how well he’s pitched. Without a doubt, he’s shown the ability to be a front-line starter.”
The Angels beat the Blue Jays 5-4 Friday, snapping a six-game losing streak at SkyDome. Vladimir Guerrero drove in three runs for Anaheim, which has won just four of its last 11 overall.