Weaver will instead head to Oregon to attend his grandfather’s funeral, while Tyler Chatwood(notes) likely tries to help the Angels post their longest home win streak in five years Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.
As it was wrapping up its trek Thursday, Los Angeles (74-63) got word that Weaver would have to miss his scheduled start because of the death in his family. Instead, the ace - 4-0 with a 0.57 ERA in his last six outings in Anaheim - is slated to start Saturday night.
With Weaver away, the Angels are expected to call up Tyler Chatwood from Triple-A Salt Lake. The rookie right-hander was sent to the minors Aug. 18 after going 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA in his previous four outings.
He allowed four runs over 5 2-3 innings in Minnesota on May 27 and did not get a decision in a 6-5 win.
In his 24th career start, Chatwood (6-9, 4.35 ERA) will try to help the Angels recover from their 3-4 road trip against AL West-leading Texas and Seattle. Los Angeles salvaged a four-game split with the Mariners as Howie Kendrick(notes) and Torii Hunter(notes) homered in Thursday’s 4-3 win.
Trailing by 3 1/2 games in the division, Los Angeles will try to build on that victory by posting its first seven-game win streak at home since Aug. 5-22, 2006.
Minnesota’s seven wins in August were its fewest in franchise history in a full season, although the Twins avoided falling 24 games below .500 for the first time since finishing 69-93 in 2000 with Wednesday’s 7-6 victory over the White Sox.
“I’m hoping we can find some kind of igniter, go from there and have a good September,” manager Ron Gardenhire told the team’s official website. “That would be really nice to finish with a little positive and go into next year.”
Pavano doesn’t appear poised to provide a boost. The right-hander is 0-5 with a 6.00 ERA in his last eight starts after giving up six runs over 6 2-3 innings Saturday during a 6-4 loss to Detroit.
He’s 1-2 with a 5.47 ERA in his last four starts against the Angels, including a 6-5 loss at Target Field on May 29 in which he yielded five runs and 10 hits over eight innings. Pavano is 1-1 with a 5.89 ERA in three career starts in Anaheim, but got the victory in his last visit April 7, 2010, giving up one run over seven innings.
To repeat that outing, he might need to pitch carefully to Kendrick and Hunter.
Kendrick is batting .356 with seven homers and 13 RBIs in his last 15 games, but is 0 for 2 against Pavano. Hunter, 4 for 12 versus the right-hander, is hitting .365 with six homers and 20 RBIs in his last 28 contests.
“I’m just getting mistakes to hit,” Kendrick said. “I’m not trying to change anything. The ball is carrying a little farther this year, I guess. I can’t tell you I’m going up there trying to swing a little harder. I haven’t really changed my approach.”