Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (58-49) at Detroit Tigers (56-50)
Saturday July 30, 4:10 p.m.
RHP Dan Haren (10-6, 3.01, 130 K, 23 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Victor Martinez (9 for 21, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Carlos Guillen (3 for 15, 3 K)
RHP Jacob Turner
Hitter to Fear: Has never faced LA hitter.
Hitter to Fail: Has never faced LA hitter.
Sunday July 31, 1:05 p.m.
RHP Jered Weaver (14-4, 1.79, 134 K, 37 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Carlos Guillen (9 for 17, 3 2B, 3 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Wilson Betemit (1 for 8, 4 K)
RHP Justin Verlander (14-5, 2.34, 169 K, 34 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Maicer Izturis (10 for 22, 1 2B, 1 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Howie Kendrick (4 for 17, 5 K)
What to Watch For:
1. All eyes on Jacob Turner -- Detroit's top prospect will be making his major league debut this afternoon on national television, most likely in a spot start as the Tigers work to complete a trade for Seattle starter Doug Fister.
2. Ace vs. Ace - The Sunday matchup will be two Cy Young candidates squaring off on the rubber. Verlander vs. Weaver - Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Although Verlander hasn't been as sharp as he's been, he still is getting something the Tigers need - wins. In his last 3 starts, Verlander is 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA. Weaver, on the other hand, has been lights out all season. In his last 3 starts - 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA. On a positive note - Peralta(.409), Ordonez(.400), Guillen(.529), Cabrera(.333), and Boesch(.400) all have had success against Weaver in the past.
3. Peralta still on fire - Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is still on a hot streak with with bat. In his last 10 games, he is hitting .389 with 2 homeruns and 12 RBIs.
Tigers will start August off with a much needed day off on Monday. The Rangers are in town for a 3-game series on Tuesday.