Jered Weaver is set to continue his campaign for the AL Cy Young Award after missing a start due to a suspension.
The Toronto Blue Jays probably wish the suspension caused him to miss a start in this series instead.Weaver looks to continue his dominance of the Blue Jays when he takes the ball for the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday at Rogers Centre.Weaver (14-5, 1.78 ERA) was hit with a six-game suspension Aug. 2, two days after he threw a pitch over the head of Detroit's Alex Avila in anger during the seventh inning of a 3-2 loss. The Angels' ace originally appealed the suspension, but decided last Saturday to serve his punishment in full.Weaver's change of mind came one day after throwing a gem against Seattle with nothing to show for it.The major league ERA leader scattered seven hits and struck out eight over nine scoreless innings, but the offense didn't secure a 1-0 victory until the 10th.It was the second time this season Weaver threw nine shutout innings without getting a decision."I'm just going to go out there and try to keep runs off the board," he said.Weaver, 8-1 with a 1.35 ERA in his last 14 starts, has certainly done a good job of that against Toronto lately. He has compiled a 1.66 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP while winning his last five starts versus the Blue Jays, striking out 47 in 38 innings. He's 7-1 with a 2.68 ERA in eight career outings in this series -- his most wins against any opponent outside the AL West.Weaver gave up a run and four hits and struck out a career-best 15 in 7 2/3 innings of a 3-1 victory over Toronto on April 10.Los Angeles (65-54) won Friday's series opener 5-1, as Ervin Santana threw a seven-hitter and Vernon Wells homered in his first game back in Toronto after 12 seasons with the Blue Jays. Torii Hunter, batting .486 during a 10-game hitting streak, drove in two runs for the Angels, winners of four straight at Rogers Centre.Toronto's Jose Bautista made a pair of throwing errors and was hitless in three at-bats. The slugger is mired in a 3-for-26 slump and could struggle to get back on track Saturday, as he is 0 for 6 with four strikeouts lifetime against Weaver.The Blue Jays (59-59) counter with Ricky Romero (10-9, 2.94), who has been every bit as impressive as Weaver lately.Toronto's opening day starter has posted a 1.11 ERA while winning his last three starts, giving up nine hits and seven walks over 24 1/3 innings."Lately it's been the consistency of throwing strikes and being in the zone and getting deep in games," the left-hander said after Sunday's 7-2 victory over Baltimore. He allowed two runs on a pair of solo homers by Mark Reynolds and two other hits while walking none and striking out five in eight innings.Romero now looks to win four consecutive starts for the first time since his 2009 rookie season in his first outing of the year against the Angels. He is 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA in four career starts versus Los Angeles, yielding two runs or fewer in three of them.