Game Preview: Padres @ Angels – 5/25/15 6:05pm Pacific

Padres at Angels

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

San Diego Padres (21-24, 4th NL West) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (22-22, 2nd AL West)

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 69F, Winds SW 8mph, 0% Chance of Rain

TV: Fox Sports West – Victor Rojas & Mark Gubicza

Radio: KLAA AM830 – Terry Smith & Mark Langston

Pitching Matchup:

Tyson Ross (2-4, 3.93 ERA)
Tyson Ross delivers a pitch during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 9, 2015 (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tyson Ross delivers a pitch during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 9, 2015 (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tyson Ross has been very good on the road so far this season. In five starts away from Petco Park so far this year, he has posted a 3.34 ERA. Ross has also pitched better in May (3.24 ERA) than he did in April (4.55 ERA). He has also limited batters to a .234 batting average so far this month. In his last start Wednesday at Petco against the Cubs, he limited the Cubs to just 3 runs on 4 hits over 7 innings, but took the loss as the Padres fell to the Cubs 3-2.

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Jered Weaver (3-4, 4.37 ERA)
Jered Weaver thows a pitch during a game against the Oakland A's at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver thows a pitch during a game against the Oakland A’s at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

After a horrific start to the season where Weaver went 0-4 with a 6.29 ERA over his first six starts, Weaver has turned it around of late, allowing a combined 4 runs on 13 hits and 4 walks over his last 23 1/3 innings. Two of those starts came in hitter-friendly parks in Baltimore and Toronto. In his last start, which came Wednesday in Toronto, Weaver allowed 3 runs on 4 hits over 7 innings to take the win, as the Angels beat the Blue Jays 4-3 that day.

Game Notes:

  • The Angels will face all right-handed pitchers in this series, which probably means the right-handed hitting C.J. Cron won’t play. He entered play Sunday slashing .200/.222/.274 on the season. The series finale at Fenway Park yesterday was just his 3rd start in the Angels’ last 10 games.
  • The Padres will of course have the luxury of using the designated hitter during this series in an AL park, giving manager Bud Black some lineup flexibility. Don’t be surprised to see catcher Derek Norris used at DH at least once during this series.
  • Bud Black was the Angels’ pitching coach from 2000-2006, including the 2002 season in which the Angels defeated the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

Starting Lineups:

San Diego:
  1. 1B-Yangervis Solarte – .276
  2. CF-Will Venable – .292
  3. DH-Matt Kemp – .257
  4. LF-Justin Upton – .284
  5. C-Derek Norris – .284
  6. 2B-Cory Spangenberg – .236
  7. 3B-Will Middlebrooks – .218
  8. RF-Abraham Almonte – .200
  9. SS-Alexi Amarista – .189
Angels:
  1. SS-Erick Aybar – .274
  2. CF-Mike Trout – .301
  3. DH-Albert Pujols – .229
  4. RF-Kole Calhoun – .287
  5. 3B-David Freese – .224
  6. LF-Matt Joyce – .165
  7. C-Carlos Perez – .229
  8. 1B-Marc Krauss – .103
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .252

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