Riding on the Freeway: Aces Battle in Angels-Dodgers Series Finale

The Los Angeles Angels aim for a three-game series sweep Sunday afternoon, as a pair of aces face off at Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles Angels OF Vernon Wells is batting .318 over his last six games

The Los Angeles Angels are 10-3 in their last 13 games at Dodger Stadium after tallying an impressive 8-3 win Saturday.  The Angels have climbed to .500 for the first time since June 4, winning nine of their past 13 contests overall.  Offensively, the club has been receiving contributions from outfielder Vernon Wells, who is batting .318 with two home runs and six RBIs over the last six games.  “It’s a lot better coming to the ballpark knowing you can help the team,” Wells commented.  “Guys are having a blast, playing good baseball.”  Los Angeles continues to enjoy interleague action, posting an 8-3 mark this year, while leading the majors with a 126-82 record since 2000.

Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver is 9-4 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts this season and earned his third straight victory last time out.  He came away with a 2-1 road victory over the Marlins in that particular outing, giving up just a single run and five hits over seven frames.  The right-hander has tossed seven consecutive quality starts and leads the American League with a 1.88 road ERA.  Weaver is making his eight career start versus the Dodgers and owns a 2-1 record and 1.61 ERA in four lifetime outings at Dodger Stadium.

The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t picked up a winning record against the American League since the 2004 season and currently stands at 3-5 in interleague play.  “I don’t like the way it’s going, that’s for sure,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly stated.  The Dodgers have lost three in a row, which happens to be their seventh streak of at least three losses this season.  Over its six-game losing streak to the Angels, the club has been outscored 44-19.  Despite the struggles, first baseman James Loney continues to provide offense, batting .436 over his last 14 games.  Los Angeles is 11-14 in day games this season.

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw is 7-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 16 starts this season and is coming off one of his best starts of his career.  The left-hander captured a dominating 4-0 home shutout of the Tigers, scattering two hits and striking out a season-high-tying 11 strikeouts.  Kershaw has been brilliant in nine home outings, bringing in a 5-1 mark and 2.10 ERA, as opponents are hitting .181 against him.  He is an even 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three career starts versus the Angels.

Bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 7-3 record in Weaver’s last 10 starts versus the NL West, while the Dodgers are 1-9 against the AL West

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