Saturday, April 16, 2011
Dream Weaver makes history for Halos
Despite having to sit through a 45 minute rain delay, Jered Weaver compiled another strong effort allowing just four hits in seven innings of work to pick up his fourth victory of this young season for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
According to Elias, Weaver is the first pitcher in MLB history to win four starts in a season by April 15 or earlier.
So how exactly did Jered weave past the the Chicago White Sox hitters?
He got ahead in the count early, throwing first-pitch strikes to 22 of 27 batters (81.5%), his best in a game since May 30, 2008.
Weaver was able to fool the White Sox on the corners as Chicago hitters chased 32 percent of Weaver's fastballs out of the strike zone. That was three times higher than the percentage in his first three starts, and 10 points higher than last season.
Dating back to 2009, Weaver has won his last eight decisions before the month of May. He now has a 4-0 record and a 1.30 ERA this season.
Even more impressive is his rate of 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9). Last year Weaver had a K/9 rate of 9.35 and led all American League pitchers with 233 strikeouts.
So far this season he has combined with Dan Haren to give the Angels a potentially scary one-two punch come playoff time.
The two have combined for seven of the teams' eight wins so far this season, while allowing only six earned runs in a combined 52⅓ innings pitched.
Elsewhere around the diamond:
• The New York Yankees hit into six double plays in their loss to the Texas Rangers. That fell one short of tying the record in the live-ball era (since 1920) of seven set in 1969 by the San Francisco Giants .
The six were a Yankee record in the live-ball era. They had hit into five double plays on five previous occasions, most recently on September 17, 1998. Derek Jeter hit into a double play in that game in addition to tonight.
• With his single and double tonight against the Kansas City Royals, Ichiro Suzuki has 10 straight multi-hit games at Kauffman Stadium dating back to May 6, 2009.
That's a new record for consecutive multi-hit games at that stadium. The previous record was set by George Brett who had nine straight multi-hit games in May 1978.
• The Washington Nationals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in unconventional fashion on Friday. The game was won on a ground ball to first basemen Prince Fielder who attempted to throw home and retire the runner coming from third. It goes in your scorebook as a fielder's choice (no pun intended) with no out recorded.
The Expos/Nationals franchise had only won one previous game in its history on such a play. It was in their inaugural year, August 3, 1969. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Mack Jones rolled one to shortstop Denis Menke of the Astros, who threw home and failed to get Gary Sutherland scoring from third.