Los Angeles Angels Rubber Match with San Francisco Giants

Angels and Giants square off in rubber match

6/20/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

May 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (36) pitches during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIREInterleague play is always a great time in baseball. Midway through the season, the Los Angeles Angels are just beginning to hit their stride after a disappointing start to both the team's as well as Albert Pujols' first month of the season. The Angels will be sending their ace, Jered Weaver to the mound tonight opposing Ryan Vogelsong, who made a spectacular comeback to the major leagues last season and earned a two year deal with the Giants. 

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. 

June 15, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) pitches to the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRETonight'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. 
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6/20/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Sorry...  But for this fan this game means precious little.  There is no bragging rights involved.  It is a worthless who-gives-a-crap interleague series.  The score counts so it's still good for the Giants to win, but I wont be watching.  Wake me when this idiotic IL part of the schedule is over and the Giants start playing important opponents.

PS: I dread what next years schedule will look like with an odd # of teams in each league....