(SportsNetwork.com) - Jered Weaver has been one of the top pitchers in baseball over the past month. He'll try to follow up his best effort of the season on Tuesday when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continue a four-game set with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Weaver was winless through his first three starts this season (0-2), but has responded by winning five of his next six decisions and is coming off a complete game win over the Houston Astros his last time out. He gave up a run and two hits and struck out five in that one to improve to 5-3 on the year.
"I'm definitely feeling stronger towards the end of the game more than I did early on," Weaver said. "Just the endurance part of it has been back; velocity is getting back to where it needs to be. I'm just trying to figure this thing out, man. I feel great, I feel healthy, but I still feel like strength can get better."
Since giving up four runs in a no-decision against the New York Mets back on April 12 that left him with a 5.79 ERA, Weaver has allowed no more than two runs in seven starts since and has trimmed his ERA nearly three runs to 2.85.
Seattle has given Weaver fits, though, as he is just 1-5 with a 4.05 ERA in six starts since 2012. He lost to the Mariners earlier this season and is 13-9 lifetime against them with a 3.26 ERA in 28 starts.
The Mariners, meanwhile, will turn to 25-year-old lefty Roenis Elias, who is 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA. Elias didn't get a decision versus the Astros on Thursday, despite a solid showing that saw him surrender a run and three hits in 5 1/3 frames. However, he did walk four batters in his team's 3-1 win.
Elias lost to the Angels back on April 9.
Seattle drew first blood in this set on Monday, as Chris Young was terrific on the hill and Robinson Cano continued to tear it up at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI in the Mariners' 5-1 victory.
Young (4-2) did not allow a hit until the sixth inning. He struck out five and surrendered just one run and two hits over 6 1/3 solid frames.
"I don't think he was doing anything we didn't expect," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Young. "He just put the ball into some gray areas and we didn't square up really well."
Over his last 15 games Cano is batting .440 with 11 RBI.
"He's (second in the AL) in hitting (.332) and got 30 RBI. He's doing pretty good," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Albert Pujols homered and Tyler Skaggs (4-2) was tagged for five runs -- two earned -- on seven hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings for the Angels, who fell for only the second time in their last six games.
Seattle has won five of six from the Angels this season.