Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (39-39) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (34-44)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Jered Weaver (9-4, 2.01 ERA) LAD – Clayton Kershaw (7-3, 3.01 ERA)
Game Info: 1:10 PM PT; TV - KCOP; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
The long U2-induced road trip is finally drawing to a close, and what a trip it has been. With one game left to play on this 12-game roadie, the Angels have done just about as well as one could hope, standing 8-3, winning every single series and getting themselves back up to .500. But they have one last box to tick off on their check list before everything is said and done... sweeping the damn Dodgers in their own stadium.
It is one thing to sweep a club, it is another thing to do it in their own stadium but it is a whole different thing altogether for that club to be hated crosstown rival. This wouldn't just give the Halos momentum, it could be just the thing they need to finally cleanse them of all the frustrations they've been battling the last few weeks. Sure, the offense still won't be very good, but the confidence high the clubhouse would be riding after closing out this road trip with a sweep of the Dodgers could well be enough to at least convince them that the offense is good enough to still win the division. And that ego boost couldn't be coming at a better time with the Halos having pulled within two games of the Rangers and about to head home for a 13-game homestand to finish out the first half.
Of course, they actually need to win the game first.