Series Preview: NYY @ LAA ~ 6/3/11-6/5/11
Friday, 6/3/11, 10:05 PM EST
Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.67) vs. Jered Weaver (6-4, 2.10)
The Yankees say they haven’t thought about removing Nova from the rotation, but he needs to show better consistency. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his last start at Seattle and had no command of his fastball, according to manager Joe Girardi.
He didn’t get a win in his last start, but Weaver was back in prime-time form, holding the Twins scoreless across nine innings on two singles and two walks, striking out seven. He threw a season-high 128 pitches and can use the extra day off.
Saturday, 6/4/11, 9:05 PM EST
C.C. Sabathia (6-3, 2.98) vs. Dan Haren (5-3, 2.29)
The ace goes for his fourth straight win, having gone at least eight innings in his last three starts. Sabathia limited the Mariners to a run on five hits his last time out and has a 1.80 ERA over his last three starts, spanning 25 innings.
Haren had been pitching in terrible luck without run support, but it finally arrived on Sunday in Minnesota on a day he didn’t have his quality stuff. He made it through six innings without an out pitch, testimony to his guile and intelligence.
Sunday, 6/5/11, 3:35 PM EST
Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.26) vs Ervin Santana (3-4, 4.34)
Colon fired his first complete game since 2006 in his last start, limiting the A’s to four hits in a shutout. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner with the Angels, Colon faced his former team in 2009 and defeated them with 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.
Santana struggled early in his last start, allowing six runs through the opening two innings in Kansas City. But he regrouped to work four scoreless innings thereafter.
All Pitching Matchup Previews from MLB.com’s Gameday.