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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Two historic weeks for Jered Weaver, Dan Haren

By Mark Saxon

The question has been bandied about a little bit already: Are Dan Haren and Jered Weaver the best 1-2 pitching tandem in the American League?

The answer, so far, has been, "Are you kidding? Easily." The Angels have only played seven percent of their schedule, but it has been a pretty ridiculous two weeks for those two. Weaver (0.87 ERA) makes his fourth start Friday in Chicago (weather permitting). Haren (0.76 ERA) will pitch Sunday.

You have to go back to the 1998 Atlanta Braves to find a pitching tandem with ERAs under 1.00 (minimum three starts) 12 games into a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That year, Greg Maddux had a 0.78 ERA in three starts and Tom Glavine had a 0.90 ERA in three starts.

Glavine won the Cy Young that year. Maddux won 18 games and finished fourth.

Weaver and Haren are a combined 6-0 with a 0.79 ERA, with 48 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings. It's only a start, but when it draws comparisons with two future Hall of Famers, you're doing pretty well.