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Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum believes the Los Angeles Angels are a dangerous club despite their sub-.500 record.

It may be about time the Angels begin proving him right before it's too late.

Jered Weaver faces the visiting Cubs on Tuesday night when he looks to help get Los Angeles back on track after suffering an embarrassing sweep.

The Angels (25-33) are one of baseball's biggest disappointments due to lofty expectations that came with the aggressive signing of free agents to high-priced deals the past two offseasons.

They may have hit their lowest point after being swept in a four-game series at home by last-place Houston, which has picked up seven of its AL-worst 21 victories over the Angels.

Los Angeles scored eight runs the entire set after falling 2-1 on Monday, continuing to founder despite a lineup featuring sluggers Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo and Josh Hamilton.

Sveum isn't counting the Angels out just yet, though.

"We know they're capable of being a prolific offense," Sveum told the team's official website. "They have guys with some track records of some powerful stuff. You know they're going to do their thing. They have some guys with special ability with the bat."

Weaver (1-1, 3.71 ERA) looks to turn in a solid effort on the mound Tuesday as he makes his second start since returning from a fractured left elbow. He allowed one run and struck out seven in six innings of Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

''It's been a long road and a lot of frustrating times,'' Weaver said. ''I got to give it up to the training staff for dealing with me for six weeks. When you haven't been out there in a while, you ask yourself, 'Can I still do this?'''

Weaver seemingly has a good opportunity to keep rolling against another NL team Tuesday. He hasn't lost an interleague start since falling to the Dodgers on June 20, 2009, going 8-0 with a 1.94 ERA over his last 12 outings.

One of those victories came June 19, 2010, when he scattered two hits over seven innings to beat the Cubs 12-0 at Wrigley Field.

Chicago (23-32) had Monday off as it prepares for this short two-game series. It has another day off Thursday before beginning a seven-game homestand.

"We know the history of the West Coast is no fun," Sveum said. "It's hard to win out there. In our case, we're going out there a couple different times and this one is only for two days. You're putting a lot of miles on."

The Cubs are coming off back-to-back home losses to Arizona - 12-4 on Saturday and 8-4 on Sunday - that followed a five-game winning streak, and Feldman (5-4, 2.82) will look to help get them back on track.

Feldman spent the last eight seasons with Texas but still hasn't faced the Angels since 2010. He's 4-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 11 career starts against them, opposing Weaver three times.

The right-hander has been solid in his first season with the Cubs, allowing two or fewer earned runs in eight of his 10 starts. He allowed two runs and struck out seven in six innings of Wednesday's 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.

The Cubs and Angels have split six all-time meetings.

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