SEATTLE -- Having been no-hit by Angels ace Jered Weaver in their last game before arriving in Seattle, the Twins were likely trying not to think about that game and the pitcher who executed it. Then again, Minnesota will likely be facing the very same lanky right-hander in Minneapolis on Monday when the Twins return to Target Field.
Twins acting manager Scott Ullger said his team's offensive effort against the Angels on Wednesday was "pretty much as rock bottom as you can get, getting no-hit," but that "it's not how you go down, it's how you come back up."
"It's how you prepare yourself when you get knocked down to get back up and try to win," Ullger said. "Nobody out here likes losing, believe me. That's about as bad a way as you can lose. We'll get off the schneid."
Ullger pointed out that Weaver has better numbers at home than on the road, and a look at those numbers proves he's right. Weaver has gone 45-18 at home and 41-29 on the road in his career, and he's posted a lifetime ERA of 2.59 at Angel Stadium and 3.90 elsewhere. Weaver has gone 6-2 with a 3.73 ERA against the Twins, but he's 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA against them in three games at Target Field.
"Great pitcher, and obviously he pitches better at home than he does on the road," Ullger said. "[He's got] three good pitches, he's got a good angle, keeps the ball down, and he was on [Wednesday] night. He had them all working."