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Game Notes: Erasmo Ramirez vs Jered Weaver

And can somebody please stop Albert Pujols?

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Albert Pujols is a menace.

In his first seven games of the month of June, the Los Angeles Angels' first baseman has hit five home runs to go along with a triple slash of .414/.452/.966.

Unfortunately for the Tampa Bay Rays, the team has been the victim in four of those seven games. In four games against the Rays this month, Pujols is 9 for 18 with four home runs and a double.

Even Chris Archer, in his 15-strikeout performance against the Angels on June 2, was unable to escape the wrath of the machine.

In tonight's game, the Rays give the ball to Erasmo Ramirez in hopes that he can avoid the sweet spot of Pujols' bat and help them get back on track after last night's loss.

Jered Weaver gets the start for the Angels. First pitch is at 7:10.

Today's Lineups:

Erick Aybar - SS Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Mike Trout - CF Joey Butler - DH
Albert Pujols - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Kole Calhoun - RF David DeJesus - LF
Carlos Perez - C Logan Forsythe - 2B
Matt Joyce - LF Steven Souza - RF
C.J. Cron - DH Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Kyle Kubitza - 3B Nick Franklin - 1B
Johnny Giavotella - 2B Rene Rivera - C
Jered Weaver - RHP Erasmo Ramirez - RHP

--Albert Pujols' home run last night tied Mickey Mantle for 16th on the all-time home run list with 536.

--Nick Franklin makes his third career start at first base.

--Asdrubal Cabrera is a 12 for 40 (.300) lifetime against Weaver. He has also hit two home runs and four doubles.

--David DeJesus is 12 for 46 (.261) lifetime against Weaver. DeJesus has also taken Weaver deep twice.

--Erasmo Ramirez has not given up a home run to Albert Pujols in six career at-bats.

Bullpen Availability:

Pitcher Sunday Pitch Count Monday Pitch Count Tuesday Pitch Count
Brad Boxberger 0 -- 0
Xavier Cedeno 0 -- 0
Steve Geltz 0 -- 7
Brandon Gomes 0 -- 0
Preston Guilmet -- -- --
Kevin Jespen 17 -- 0
Jake McGee 16 -- 0

--Enny Romero was optioned to Triple-A after his 58 pitch outing last night. Preston Guilmet has taken his place.

The Book on Jered Weaver:

Fourseam 85.18 mph 8.11% vs LHB / 45.71% vs RHB Up and away Outer half of the plate; above the strike zone
Sinker 84.03 mph 43.05% vs LHB / 2.86% vs RHB All over the place Inside. Rarely in the strike zone.
Change 75.77 mph 23.18% vs LHB / 13.52% vs RHB Low and away; usually out of the strike zone Bottom of the strike zone; often out of the strike zone
Slider 77.34 mph 4.47% vs LHB / 15.62% vs RHB Low, inside corner Low, outside corner; it is almost always just outside the strike zone
Curve 68.20 mph 21.19 % vs LHB / 22.10% vs RHB Middle and away.

Lower half of the zone.

Jered Weaver is easily having the worst season of his career.

In his first twelve starts of the 2015 season, the South California native has posted a 4.60 ERA and a 4.74 FIP.

Weaver has induced ground balls at a career high rate and surrendered fly balls at a career low rate. However, the right-handed pitcher is on pace to allow the most home runs of his career. In 76.1 innings, Weaver has allowed 1.53 home runs per nine innings; third highest rate in the American League.

Although his walk rate (1.18 BB/9) is the lowest of his career, Weaver's strikeout rate has also never been lower. The 32-year-old has only struck out 4.72 batters per nine innings this season; a far cry from his 7.37 K/9 career mark.

Weaver's career low strikeout rate and career high home run rate comes during a season when his velocity has never been lower. Since last season, he has lost more than two miles per hour on his fourseam, sinker, change, and slider and just a bit under two miles per hour on his curve.

Other Notes:

--Too good not to post:

--A slew of injury updates from Marc Topkin: