Jered Weaver pitched another brilliant game Friday night in the Angels 1-0 win over Seattle – which ended with Vernon Wells’ RBI single in the 10th inning, too late to get Weaver his 15th win. Brilliant outings seem to be the only kind Weaver has any more.
His need to express himself to the league office could put the Angels in a deeper hole than seems even remotely necessary. After the game, Weaver said he isn’t going to drop his appeal of a six-game suspension.
Assuming he doesn’t change his mind, the Angels might need to scramble for two spot starters in the next week and Weaver might miss as many as three more games than he otherwise would. If he were to drop his appeal before Saturday’s game, he could return to the rotation next Saturday in Toronto and the Angels would need to plug just one hole in their rotation (the one previously held by Joel Pineiro).
“I’m going to keep the appeal and see what happens in the end,” Weaver said. “Scioscia was cool with it. If he would have had a problem, he would have let me know.”
If Weaver weren’t so good, it wouldn’t be such a big deal. But he’s on a roll like none seen in Anaheim… well, maybe ever. He just set a club record by pitching his 15th straight quality start.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia mentioned the word “representative,” several times in describing Weaver’s decision, meaning agent Scott Boras is involved. It’s not clear what Weaver could gain by airing his side of Sunday’s on-field confrontation with the Detroit Tigers.
He clearly threw at catcher Alex Avila and made scant effort to disguise his intent in his post-game comments. If he proves that the Tigers were the instigators, would that make it more likely his punishment is reduced? Doubtful. Rarely are such suspensions reduced by more than a game anyway.
“It’s not our decision. It’s his and his representatives’ decision what he wants to do,” Scioscia said.
“Players obviously want to have their side heard,” Scioscia said. “If he feels that’s going to happen if he goes through the process, he’s going to go through the process. We’ll support him any way, whatever he decides.”
You get the impression there could be a little more discussion on this topic before Saturday’s game. If nothing changes and Weaver has to make his next start on 10 days’ rest, you have to wonder if the dispute doesn’t go deeper than we know.