Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Angels won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 11
NY Mets4Final
in 11
LA Angels5
Game 2: Saturday, April 12
NY Mets7Final
in 13
LA Angels6
Game 3: Sunday, April 13
NY Mets2Final
LA Angels14

Mets 2

(5-7, 3-3 away)

Angels 14

(6-6, 2-4 home)

    Coverage:  FSW

    3:35 PM ET, April 13, 2014

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    NYM 100010000 2 6 0
    LAA 40032203 - 14 17 0

    W: C. Wilson (2-1)

    L: B. Colon (1-2)

    Mets-Angels Preview


    C.J. Wilson is looking for another terrific outing for the Los Angeles Angels.

    The same could be said for New York Mets counterpart Bartolo Colon.

    Wilson will try to continue his interleague success in the finale of this three-game set Sunday, when the Angels attempt to beat Colon for just the second time since he left them.

    Wilson led Los Angeles with a career-high 17 wins last year, while his 3.39 ERA trailed only Jered Weaver's 3.27 among the team's core starters.

    That success hasn't fully crossed over into 2014, with Wilson (1-1, 4.61) giving up six runs and eight hits with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of an 8-3 loss to Seattle on April 1. However, he was superb six days later, allowing one run and four hits while fanning seven in eight innings of a 9-1 victory at Houston.

    Wilson credited the dramatic improvement to sticking with his plan.

    "Just told myself I'm going to pick my spot and stay with my spot and not try to overdo it," Wilson said. "I was able to throw curveballs for strikes and changeups for strikes, which was big. I only threw a couple sliders because I didn't really need to."

    Wilson tends to have few issues against NL opponents, going 5-0 with a 3.19 ERA over his last nine interleague starts. That includes winning his last two while yielding three earned runs in 13 innings.

    His only appeared against the Mets (5-6) produced a save in an 8-7 win in New York in 2008 despite yielding two runs, three hits and two walks in one inning.

    New York is expected to counter Wilson with Colon (1-1, 2.08), a member of the Angels (5-6) from 2005-07 who won the Cy Young Award in his first season there. The portly right-hander has dominated Los Angeles since leaving via free agency, going 6-1 with a 1.75 ERA in nine starts after winning three straight behind a 0.82 ERA.

    Colon is also coming off his best start so far for the Mets, scattering six hits in seven innings of a 4-0 win at Atlanta. That came six days after he allowed two solo homers and three runs overall in six innings of a 5-1 defeat to Washington.

    Travis d'Arnaud said catching Colon is "a lot of fun."

    "He commands all his pitches," said d'Arnaud, who is expected to complete the battery for the third time Sunday after getting a day off. "What else could you ask for from a pitcher?"

    Solving Mike Trout might be a priority for Colon since he's allowed the 22-year-old superstar center fielder to go 7 for 14 with two homers.

    Trout has two hits in each of the first two games of this series, giving him a .327 career average in interleague play. He owns a .457 average with five RBIs and six runs over the past nine meetings with NL foes.

    Albert Pujols is 10 for 28 (.357) with two homers, five RBIs and six runs over his last six meetings with the Mets. However, he was 0 for 7 versus Colon last year.

    Omar Quintanilla may play ahead of Ruben Tejada at short for New York once more after going 3 for 6 with two RBIs on Saturday in his first start of the season.

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    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkLos Angeles
    Current StreakW2L3
    Last 106-43-7

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkLos Angeles
    B. Colon
    15-13, 4.09 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs HOU
    6.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Win
    C. Wilson
    13-10, 4.51 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at SEA
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkLos Angeles
    1. E. Young Jr., LF J. Shuck, LF
    2. D. Murphy, 2B M. Trout, CF
    3. D. Wright, 3B A. Pujols, DH
    4. J. Satin, 3B R. Ibanez, 1B
    5. C. Granderson, RF K. Calhoun, RF
    6. A. Brown, RF H. Kendrick, 2B
    7. J. Lagares, CF I. Stewart, 3B
    8. T. d'Arnaud, C H. Conger, C
    9. R. Tejada, SS E. Aybar, SS

    Research Notes

    From Elias: Raul Ibanez has hit 42 homers since turning 40 in 2012, tied with Hank Aaron for 8th-most all-time.
    The Angels have hit .286 in at-bats ending in a fastball since the start of last season; Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout lead qualifying Angels hitters with a .342 and 335 average in those at-bats over that time. Bartolo Colon has thrown 86 percent fastballs since the start of last season, the most among qualifiers.
    Bartolo Colon is first pitcher age 40 or older to allow at least 4 HR and 9 runs in a game since Roger Clemens in 2003 (age 41).
    This is first time Angels have hit back-to-back-to-back home runs since July 27, 2009 vs Cleveland in 2nd inning (Juan Rivera, Kendrys Morales, Mike Napoli).
    Bartolo Colon (NYM): 3 home runs in a single inning since June 10, 1999, when he did so against the Brewers in the top of the 4th inning (Dave Nilsson, Geoff Jenkins, Mark Loretta).

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