Angels and Giants square off in rubber match
Weaver boats a sparkling 6-1 record with an ERA of 2.61 and already has a no-hitter to his name this season. On the other end, Vogelsong has won his last six decisions while posting a 2.29 ERA on the season. Tonight will almost certainly become a pitchers duel the likes of which we witnessed earlier in the season when the Giants opposed the Philadelphia Phillies in a rubber game between Matt Cain and Cliff Lee. Cain went nine innings and Lee went ten of scoreless ball before the Giants took an extra-inning 1-0 win.
In today's MLB, the playing field has been leveled between hitters and pitchers where steroids are no longer dominating the headlines and the ball. Dominance has altered sides from the plate to the mound as pitching continues to be the top component in building a contender. Both the Angels and the Giants feature a starting rotation that has the ability to carry their respective teams to the World Series.
Tonight's game is for bragging rights as the last time these two franchises met was the 2002 World Series wherethe Angels downed the Giants in seven games. If Melky Cabrera or Pujols can find a way to spark their clubs offensively it will prove vital as this will be a low scoring affair as both offenses oppose spectacular starting pitching.
The Angels (37-32) currently trail the Texas Rangers by five games in the AL East as the Giants (38-31) trail the Dodgers by four-and-a-half games entering tonight. Both teams are chasing the division lead and have plenty to play for. Expect a pitching gem from both sides while the first team to put runs on the board may come away with the win.