Last night, Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver was looking to become the first pitcher in the Modern Era (since 1900) to go 7-0 as early as May 2 but it was not to be. Although Weaver pitched well (6.0 IP, 3 ER), he was out-dueled by Clay Buchholz (6.2 IP, 2 ER). And not to mention, the pesky bat of Dustin Pedroia sealed Weaver's fate. Weaver was cruising until Pedroia battled him by fouling off 9 pitches in a 13-pitch at-bat which resulted in a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the 5th inning. The Red Sox never looked back and handed Weaver his first loss in a 9-5 victory at Fenway Park.
To put in perspective what Weaver was trying to accomplish-- the last pitcher to go 7-0 before May 2 or sooner was a guy by the name of Sadie McMahon in 1891, 120 years ago. Whoa! McMahon pitched for the Baltimore Orioles of the defunct American Association, which was the prelude to the American League. But the Red Sox, who are now a semi-respectable 13-15 after a horrendous start, told Jered, "Not in our jurisdiction, not here, not now."
Nonetheless, Weaver is still having a monster year at 6-1 with a 1.39 ERA.
And then there's Andre Ethier of the other LA team--
Ethier extended his hitting streak to 28 games and is now officially halfway to Joe DiMaggio's monumental 56-game hitting streak. When told about it Ethier said grinning, "Only halfway?" In other words, "my goodness, I've been on a tear for over a month and I'm still only halfway?"
Yes Andre, that is why Joltin' Joe's record is and always will be mind-boggling.