He’ll try to pitch better Friday night for the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a critical weekend series against the AL-leading Yankees.
Weaver (16-7, 2.49 ERA) has yielded six runs or more three times in his last five starts after not giving up more than four in any of his first 24 outings. He gave up six runs over five innings Saturday to get credit for a 10-6 home win over Minnesota.
The right-hander’s AL-best home ERA rose from 1.38 to 1.87. The Angels have won his last seven starts in Anaheim, with Weaver yielding three runs over 47 innings prior to his outing versus the Twins.
Weaver has posted a 4.74 ERA in winning all three career home starts against the Yankees, allowing two runs over seven innings in a 3-2 victory June 3.
New York (87-55) has several hitters who have enjoyed success against Weaver, with Robinson Cano(notes) going 6 for 18, Curtis Granderson(notes) and Alex Rodriguez(notes) each 6 for 17 and Russell Martin(notes) 8 for 22. It’s been a different story for Derek Jeter(notes) (2 for 19), Mark Teixeira(notes) (6 for 26) and Nick Swisher(notes) (5 for 23).
“I have to establish fastball command and put my offspeed stuff in good locations,” Weaver told the Angels’ official website. “Obviously that’s always the challenge, especially against a team like the Yankees with all their weapons.”
Weaver is 6-0 with a 1.83 ERA over his last 10 home starts.
The Yankees have a slim lead over Boston in the AL East but are in commanding position to at least gain the wild-card berth.
The Angels (78-65) will likely have to win the West to gain a postseason berth. They trail Texas by 2 1/2 games.
New York won two of three in both previous series against Los Angeles this year. Granderson and Cano have combined for seven homers and 14 RBIs in the season series.
The Angels had Thursday off after beginning a nine-game homestand with a 4-2 mark.
The Yankees were scheduled to have an off day to travel to the West Coast but lost 5-4 in 10 innings at Baltimore in a makeup game Thursday. That contest began a 10-game road trip that includes New York’s only remaining off day next Thursday in which it will be traveling from Seattle to Toronto.
“My concern is that they don’t get over fatigued,” manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s when you worry about injuries. Without the off days, you can’t give them a day. You have to pick a day.”
The Yankees will start veteran Bartolo Colon(notes) (8-9, 3.72), who is 0-3 with a 5.00 ERA in six outings since his last victory July 30. Colon yielded four runs over 6 1-3 innings Saturday in a 6-4 win over Toronto.
The right-hander, who pitched for the Angels from 2004-07 and won the Cy Young Award in 2005, is 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA in two starts against them this season.