The Angels could have started Ervin Santana and Dan Haren on regular rest against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night and Thursday. Or, they could have started C.J. Wilson and Santana against the Mariners.
Manager Mike Scioscia chose to go with Wilson and Haren because of their success against the Mariners this season and because Santana, the most effective of those three starters right now, probably gives them a better chance of beating the Rangers in Texas on Saturday.
Wilson allowed one earned run and two hits in six innings of a 4-2 win over Seattle on May 27 and has a 10-5 career record and 3.88 earned run average against the Mariners.
Two of Haren’s best starts have come in Seattle, a four-hit, 14-strikeout shutout on May 24 and a seven-inning effort in which he gave up one unearned run and five hits. By starting Wilson and Haren this week, both would be aligned to start the first two games of the season-ending series in Seattle next week.