The southpaw already gained a measure of revenge against the Angels (16-20) in his Mariners debut on April 5 at Safeco Field. He limited his former team to two runs and six hits while striking out seven over seven innings in a 6-4 victory.
Washburn (2-5, 3.61 ERA) signed a four-year, $37 million contract with Seattle (15-22) in the offseason after spending his first eight seasons in Anaheim. He was disappointed about the way his departure was handled, claiming he never received a phone call from the Angels.
He’ll be opposed by Lackey (3-3, 3.38), whom he lockered next to the previous four seasons.
“He’s one of my best friends over there,” Washburn said. “I knew at some point in my career that we’d be pitching against each other. We’ve already talked, and we’re going to go out to lunch tomorrow before the game. I told him that if I happened to get an at-bat, I’m going to charge the mound like Jason Kendall did.”
Lackey is also looking forward to the matchup.
“It’ll be fun. The trash-talking has already begun,” Lackey joked. “We’ll go out and compete, then go out and have a beer and talk about it. I respect him as a pitcher, and I know I’ll have to pitch well. I learned a lot from him. He was the ace of the staff on a team that won the World Series, and you can’t ask more from a guy than that.”
It remains to be seen how Washburn will be greeted by Angels fans.
He struggled at Angels Stadium during his tenure with the club, going 28-33 with a 4.61 ERA. In contrast, he went 47-24 with a 3.34 ERA on the road.
“It’ll be weird, stepping out there as a visitor for the first time and coming out of the other dugout,” Washburn said. “This is the first time I’ve seen this clubhouse. I was wondering what it looked like over here. Hopefully I can pitch better as a visitor here than I did when it was my home park. The fans treated me great the whole time I was here, so I wouldn’t expect any different tomorrow. I mean, it’s not like I bolted. I was kind of forced out.”
Washburn has yet to win on the road with the Mariners, going 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts.
Lackey is hoping to even his record against Seattle this season after losing April 4 by allowing five runs and nine hits over a season-low four innings in a 10-8 loss.
The right-hander fell to 5-7 with a 4.04 ERA against the Mariners in 14 lifetime starts.
Los Angeles improved to 2-2 against Seattle this season with a 12-7 victory on Friday. It was the second straight game the Angels scored 12 runs after managing a total of nine runs over their previous five games.
Seattle, which wasted 14 hits in losing its fourth straight road game, lost for just the third time in its last nine games at Anaheim.
Mariners second baseman Jose Lopez had three hits on Friday and is 9-for-18 in four games against Los Angeles.