On Deck: Angels turn to red-hot Santana
Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:39 pm
By Matt Snyder
With four teams idle and three day games, we're still left with 10 night games on this partial getaway day. Remember to follow along with all the action on CBSSports.com's live scoreboard.
Santana the stopper: The Angels have lost four in a row while the Rangers have rattled off five straight, meaning the Rangers now hold a six game lead in the AL West. The Angels still have two games left in this series, however, and badly need someone to step up and put a stop to the bleeding. Wednesday, they may just have the man to do so: Ervin Santana (9-8, 3.10). He's as hot a pitcher as there is in baseball right now, as he's 6-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 72 innings over the course of his last nine starts. It won't be easy going for the Angels' offense, though, as All-Star C.J. Wilson (11-5, 3.28) is Santana's counterpart for the night. Rangers at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET.
Greinke looks to stay hot: I've seen a few headlines touting Greinke's quest for winning his fifth straight start, but his string of quality pitching goes deeper than his past four outings. In Greinke's last seven starts, he has a 1.75 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. This is the man the Brewers paid a handsome price -- in terms of prospects -- for this past offseason. Not only is Greinke looking to add to his personal success, but to continue the Brewers' recent dominance. They've won 17 of their last 19 games and have built a seven game lead in the NL Central that once was an up-for-grabs four-team race. The Dodgers will send rookie Nate Eovaldi (1-0, 1.64) to the hill in an attempt to cool off the Brewers. Dodgers at Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET.
Jurrjens returns: Jurrjens was one of the best pitchers in the first half of the season, as he took a 12-3 record and 1.87 ERA into the All-Star break. Since then, however, it's been rough going. In his four starts since then, he has a 6.26 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. He hasn't pitched since August 1 with a right knee strain, however, so maybe his health is what can get him back on track. He'll take the mound in Atlanta Wednesday against the Giants, who are in bad need of a victory. The Giants have fallen on miserable times, mostly due to offensive ineptitude and injuries. They do have All-Star Matt Cain (9-9, 3.00) taking the hill in an attempt to right the ship. Giants at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET.
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