Weaver looks to keep White Sox number

Weaver looks to keep White Sox number

ANAHEIM -- Jered Weaver is quietly putting together a career year, but he simply doesn't have the wins to show for it.

Weaver's 2.52 ERA is the third-best mark in the American League, but he has won just three games because of a bit of bad luck. The Angels average 4.91 runs when he starts but twice he has exited with the lead only for the bullpen to lose the game, and twice he's exited the game with the score tied.

Weaver will be for better fortune on Wednesday against the White Sox -- a team has historically pitched his best against.

Weaver, who is 3-0 with a 0.34 ERA in four starts vs. Chicago, admitted that he knows about his success but that it doesn't change his approach.

"It's in the back of your head that you've had some success, but you go against everybody the same way," Weaver said. "It's not like I'm going to pitch differently to them than I do to the Yankees or Red Sox."

And Weaver knows that, despite his success against the White Sox, their offense can explode, as it did in their 17-run outburst against the Angels on Monday.

"Obviously, looking at the numbers, you can see if you've had some success against a certain team and you can feel more comfortable going into it," Weaver said, "but with the lineup they've got, they can up 16 or 17 runs."

Weaver has yet to have a game in which he's allowed more than four runs and has averaged 6 2/3 innings per start. He's finally putting together the season the Angels had been hoping for since making him their first-round pick in the 2004 Draft. And it couldn't have come at a better time than the beginning of this season without injured starters John Lackey and Ervin Santana.

Weaver, though, gave credit to his teammates for his hot start and was more comfortable talking about those who have picked up the slack.

"I've been lucky enough to start out on the right foot, but it's just a matter of trying to keep it rolling," Weaver said. "We've had some guys step up for us, and it's all about going out there and competing."

And now Lackey and Santana are back in the rotation and Weaver is hopeful that the Angels can catch the first-place Rangers.

"To have those guys back is a good feeling and now we can get to where we need to be," Weaver said. "But at the same time, the guys that filled in did a great job."

Pitching matchup
LAA: RHP Jered Weaver (3-2, 2.52 ERA)
Weaver continued to pitch superbly against the Dodgers but once again had nothing to show for it, in terms of a decision. He pitched out of trouble repeatedly in holding the Dodgers to one run across five innings, yielding eight hits and three walks while striking out three. Weaver got ground-ball outs when he needed to and showed his competitive nature in frustrating the Dodgers. Weaver has dominated the White Sox throughout his career. He's 3-0 in four starts, having allowed one earned run in 26 2/3 innings -- a 0.34 ERA. He's 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in five home starts this year.

CWS: RHP Gavin Floyd (3-4, 6.54 ERA)
Floyd tossed his best game of the season against the Pirates in a 2-0 victory on Friday. He had command of all four of his pitches -- fastball, changeup, curveball and cutter -- tossing a season-high eight innings and allowing two hits while striking out eight. In doing so, Floyd won his first start in six attempts. Floyd also lowered his ERA from 7.71 to 6.54.

Tidbits
Right-hander Kelvim Escobar, who is on the 60-day disabled list following right shoulder surgery, is scheduled to make a rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga with a 75-pitch limit on Wednesday. In his last start on Friday, he allowed one run on one hit over 4 2/3 innings. He is eligible to come off the DL on June 3. ... Chone Figgins extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the fourth inning on Tuesday. The 14-game stretch matches a career-high set in 2007. ... Vladimir Guerrero had his first hit since returning from the DL when he singled in the fourth inning on Tuesday.

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Up next
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Angels (John Lackey, 1-0, 6.00) vs. Mariners (Jason Vargas, 1-0, 1.29), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Angels (Matt Palmer, 5-0, 4.71) vs. Mariners (Felix Hernandez, 5-3, 3.76), 6:05 p.m. PT

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.