American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, September 11th
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (68-76) at Toronto Blue Jays (67-77), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (15-6, 3.42)
Toronto - R.A. Dickey (12-12, 4.29)
(Sports Network) - There haven't been many things to go right for the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim this season. C.J. Wilson, though, has been a silver
lining in an otherwise miserable season.
The left-hander goes after his 16th win of the year on Wednesday when the
Halos continue a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Wilson won his seventh straight decision on Friday against Texas, as he
allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 15-6 on the
year to go along with a 3.42 ERA.
Over his last 16 starts he is 11-1 with a 2.96 ERA.
Wilson has faced Toronto 16 times (6 starts) and is 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA.
Toronto, meanwhile, will counter with reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A.
Dickey, who has won his last three starts and is 12-12 with a 4.29 ERA. Dickey
defeated Minnesota on Friday, holding the Twins to three runs and seven hits
in six innings.
"The six or more innings, three runs or less, is something I've always tried
to do," said Dickey, who is 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA in his last eight starts. "I
haven't done it great this year, but I have done it adequately.
"You set some goals for yourself. Hopefully, you can get above 200 innings,
you can win close to 15 games -- those are all good benchmarks. But at this
point, you still have to be careful not to get too far ahead of yourself and
reduce it to a moment-by-moment scenario, so that I can commit to every
In 22 games (6 starts) against the Angels, Dickey is 3-3 with a 4.29 ERA.
In Tuesday's opener, Mark Trumbo became the first player in franchise history
to record five hits and five runs scored in the same game as Los Angeles
rolled to a 12-6 win.
Trumbo finished his historic night a perfect 5-for-5 with three doubles, a
home run and two RBI. Josh Hamilton swung a good bat as well, smacking his
20th home run as part of a three-hit, four-RBI game. Chris Iannetta and Erick
Aybar also went yard in the triumph, LA's fifth in six tries against Toronto
dating back to last season.
Jerome Williams (7-10) was reached for six runs on nine hits over five-plus
innings for the Angels, who snapped a two-game losing skid.
"He just didn't look like he was able to get his sinker where he wanted to and
struggled through five innings," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of
Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (11-8) got shelled, allowing the Angels' eight
runs and 12 hits in just four-plus innings.
"The whole game I wasn't making pitches. Everything was up, I was falling
behind in the count," Buehrle said.
09/11 10:43:31 ET