4 of 162.
On Saturday, the Angels sent Jered Weaver to the mound, on seven days’ rest. He and his teammates got drilled by Toronto, 11-2, while Texas caught fire late in its game to punish Oakland, 7-1.
On Sunday, Los Angeles handed the ball to Dan Haren, the club’s second putative Number One. Closer Jordan Walden coughed up a ninth-inning lead and the Jays won the game in the 10th. Meanwhile, Texas squandered its own lead against the A’s but beat closer Andrew Bailey in the ninth.
The division lead is once again four games, the first time it’s been that large since the Rangers’ 20-6 win over Minnesota on July 25, three weeks ago today. That same day, an hour before Texas polished off its demolition of the Twins, Walden blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning of another Haren start, and Cleveland scored twice to walk off with a 3-2 win.
Texas and Los Angeles have each played 18 times since then. Weaver, Haren, and Ervin Santana (4-0, 0.76 in that stretch, with 30 strikeouts and six walks in 35.1 innings, and an opponents’ slash of .183/.228/.258) started 11 of the Angels’ 18, but they’ve gone 10-8, matching the Rangers’ win-loss in that timeframe and resulting in the four-game separation that isn’t really just treading water since it now exists 18 games closer to the finish line.
Alexi Ogando-Garrett Richards.
Derek Holland-Tyler Chatwood.
C.J. Wilson-Ervin Santana.
Colby Lewis-Jered Weaver.
0, 2, 4, 6, or 8.
It’s only 4 of 162. But I’m gonna be very tired by Friday morning.