Jered Weaver hopes to continue quick start against White Sox
Jered Weaver, scheduled to start Friday for the Angels in Chicago -- weather permitting -- is off to one of the best starts in club history. He's won all three of his starts, allowing just two runs in 20 2/3 innings for an ERA of 0.87. In his last outing, he struck out a career-high 15, giving him 27 on the season.
But his current hot streak started long before spring training. Weaver hasn't lost consecutive decisions since Sept. 4 and hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a start since last August. His 30 quality starts since the beginning of last season are second only to Seattle's Felix Hernandez, the American League's reigning Cy Young award winner.
All those numbers figure to get better when Weaver faces the White Sox: Chicago has a career .193 batting average against the Angels' right-hander in seven career starts.
At the plate, veterans Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter have impressive career numbers against the White Sox. Abreu is hitting .331 with 45 RBIs in 154 at-bats against Chicago, while Hunter, a former Minnesota Twin who has spent most of his career sharing the Central Division with the White Sox, has 26 home runs and 82 RBIs in 536 at-bats against them.
-- Kevin Baxter in Chicago
Photo: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times