It is the first game of a three-game series between the two teams and the first game of a six-game road trip for the Rockies. Weaver has been very good this season and the Angels are normally favored in MLB gambling when he is on the mound.
Weaver is 7-3 on the season with a 3.04 ERA. Last time out he went seven innings against the Cubs and gave up just two hits while striking out eleven. He is leading the league in strikeouts. Weaver is 2-1 in six starts at home with a 1.85 ERA this season.
The Rockies are set to go with Jeff Francis on Friday night. He is 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA this season. He pitched well last time out but didn’t get a decision against Milwaukee. It was his third straight quality start. He has pitched once in his career against the Angels, giving up two runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision.
Los Angeles has won seven of the last ten against the Rockies. The teams played in Anaheim last season and the Angels won two of the three. Two of those three games went over the total. The teams also met in Anaheim in 2006 when the Rockies took two of three. Two of those games went over the total.
The Rockies have a losing record on the road this season. Part of their problem has been a lack of offense. The Rockies are below average in hitting this season. Pitching has saved the Rockies so far this season as they are 5th in the league in ERA led by Ubaldo Jimenez who has simply been brilliant.
The Angeles are trying to stay with Texas in the American League West. Pitching has been an issue for the Angels. Weaver has been solid but the starting rotation overall has struggled. The Angels are hitting the ball though as they are 10th in the league in runs scored and that offense has kept them in most games. The Angels do have some offensive concerns though since they lost Kendry Morales to injury.