2016 Game 26: Angels at Brewers – 4:20pm PT

5-2-16

Los Angeles Angels (12-13, 4th AL West) at Milwaukee Brewers (9-15, 5th NL Central)

Miller Park – Milwaukee, WI

Miller Park

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 51F, Wind NE 6mph

Pitching Matchup

Jered Weaver (3-0, 3.86 ERA) 

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on April 21, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on April 21, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Four years to the day since his no-hitter at Angel Stadium that I was fortunate enough to be in attendance for, Weaver will once again take the ball for the Angels in Milwaukee this evening. Weaver has pitched to mixed results so far this season but he has managed to go at least 6 innings in 3 of his 4 starts so far. In his last time out Tuesday against the Royals he gave up 7 extra-base hits but managed to limit the damage to 4 runs in 6 innings and thanks to the Angel offense, he picked up his 3rd win of the season in a game the Angels won 9-4.

~VS~

Jimmy Nelson (3-2, 3.16 ERA)

Jimmy Nelson delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Miller Park on April 20, 2016 (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Jimmy Nelson delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Miller Park on April 20, 2016 (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Nelson has been a solid performer for the Brewers so far in 2016 as after taking a tough luck loss in a 2-1 defeat in his first start, he’s won 3 of his last 4. He did however take the loss his last time out Tuesday in Chicago against the Cubs. He threw a season-high 109 pitches in just 5 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits & 4 walks in a game the Brewers lost 4-3. Overall, Nelson has given up 11 earned runs on 24 hits in 31 1/3 innings across his 5 starts. He’s also walked 14 and struck out 25. Nelson also owns 3 of Milwaukee’s MLB worst 5 quality starts this season.

Game Notes

  • The Angels have won eight straight games in Milwaukee, dating all the way back to 1997, the year before the Brewers moved to the National League. The Angels have also won all six matchups at Miller Park.
  • With NL rules disallowing the designated hitter, Albert Pujols will have to play first base in order to be in the lineup. Pujols is expected to start there on Monday. From there, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, “we’ll take it day by day.”
  • Ron Roenicke, in his first season back as the Angels’ third-base coach, was dismissed as Milwaukee’s manager right around this time last year, ending a relationship that lasted a little more than four seasons. Roenicke was let go on the night of May 3, with Craig Counsell named his replacement the following day.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .286
  2. LF-Rafael Ortega – .282
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .286
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .179
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .289
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .240
  7. C-Geovany Soto – .344
  8. P-Jered Weaver – .000
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .182

Milwaukee

  1. RF-Domingo Santana – .259
  2. SS-Jonathan Villar – .260
  3. LF-Ryan Braun – .349
  4. C-Jonathan Lucroy – .299
  5. 1B-Chris Carter – .278
  6. CF-Kirk Nieuwenhuis – .282
  7. 3B-Aaron Hill – .188
  8. 2B-Yadiel Rivera – .172
  9. P-Jimmy Nelson – .091

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 14-11 (.560)
  2. Seattle: 13-11 (.542) – 0.5 GB
  3. Oakland: 13-13 (.500) – 1.5 GB
  4. Angels: 12-13 (.480) – 2 GB
  5. Houston: 8-17 (.320) – 6 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Texas @ Toronto – 4:07pm PT
  • Minnesota @ Houston – 5:10pm PT
  • Seattle @ Oakland – 7:05pm PT

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