Sunday, June 19, 2016

Weaver, Surkamp to face off in finale

The A's and Angels meet Sunday for the last of a three-game series at the Coliseum on Father's Day, hoping both their respective pitchers can turn it around.
Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver enters on a two-game losing streak and has the third-highest ERA in the American League (5.71) of all qualified starters. Opponents are hitting .311 off the righty and his average fastball velocity was just over 84 miles per hour in June, according to Brooks Baseball. He gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits over six innings in a loss to the Twins on Monday.
Weaver's found success against Oakland in his career, however. He's 13-11 all time with a 2.73 ERA in 33 career starts against the A's. He's made 18 starts at the Coliseum, where he's 6-7 with a 3.87 ERA. Sunday is the 33-year-old's first start against Oakland this season.
He'll face A's lefty Eric Surkamp, who is in the midst of his fourth stint with the A's and could be pitching for a spot in the rotation. Surkamp hasn't completed five innings in any of his last four MLB starts and didn't finish the third inning in recent starts against the Red Sox and Rangers. He gave up seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings in a loss to Texas on Tuesday, and is 0-4 with an 8.07 ERA this year.
Surkamp faced the Angels on April 13, giving up two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 5-1 loss.
Things to know
• Only six active batters have faced Weaver more in his career than Coco Crisp, who has a .182 (12-for-66) average with 12 strikeouts against the righty. Billy Butler is hitting .162 (6-for-37) in his career against Weaver.
• Danny Valencia has two homers in 18 at-bats against Weaver, the most on the A's.
• Surkamp struggled against Kole Calhoun on April 13, who had two separate RBI singles in the win.

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