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Friday, June 3, 2011
W2W4: Yankees at Angels (Friday)


We devote today's edition of What2Watch4 to the starting pitcher whom the Yankees will face tonight, Angels co-ace Jered Weaver.

Four quick nuggets on Weaver pertaining to the Yankees, with the help of Baseball-Reference.com.

He owns Jeter
The first time Derek Jeter faced Weaver in the regular season, he reached base three times, via two walks and a hit .

Since then, Jeter has had 19 regular season plate appearances against Weaver and reached base three times, via a hit and two walks.

But Jeter hasn't had issues making contact against Weaver. But getting hits has been an issue. He's 1-for-his-last 10 against Weaver when putting the ball in play.

He doesn't own anyone else
It's hard to tell which Yankee is chomping at the bit to face Weaver the most. Alex Rodriguez is 5-for-15 with four home runs against Weaver, with home runs against him in four of the last five games in which they've faced off.

Curtis Granderson is 6-for-14 with four home runs against Weaver, though the two haven't met since Granderson became a Yankee.

Weaving through won't be easy
Weaver has allowed at least four runs to the Yankees in each of his last five starts. He's hoping for the same recent fate as the last pitcher with that long of a streak against the Yankees, Red Sox righty Josh Beckett, who this season snapped a streak of six straight such starts.

Dream Weaver Nightmare
Weaver started his season 6-0, then dropped his next four decisions. But it's not all his fault. In Weaver's last two starts, he's allowed one run in 16 innings-- and gotten two no-decisions. Weaver is 0-4 with a 3.38 ERA in his last 6 starts, but the Angels only scored 13 runs for him in the last six games.

Weaver's 3.38 ERA in May was better than CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia, but that trio combined for 10 wins during the month to Weaver's none.