Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jered Weaver: The Oddest Season In Major League History

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The game of baseball has so many oddities that sometimes we just have to shake our heads and ask ourselves, "WHAT IS GOING ON?"

CASE IN POINT: The see-saw year Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver is having so far. Not only is Weaver having a see-saw year but he's having a see-saw year of historical proportions.

Here are some head-shaking stats from Weaver thus far:

1. On April 15: Weaver (4-0) became the first pitcher in major league history to start and win 4 games by this date.
2. On April 20: Weaver (5-0) became the first pitcher in major league history to start and win 5 games by this date.
3. On April 25: Weaver (6-0) became the first pitcher in major league history to start and win 6 games by this date.
4. On May 2: Weaver was looking to become the first pitcher in the Modern Era (since 1900) to go 7-0 by May 2. Only a guy by the name of Sadie McMahon, WAY WAY back in 1891, while pitching for the Baltimore Orioles of the defunct American Association, had won (at least 7 games) by May 2. Unfortunately for Weaver it was not to be as he wound up losing the game to the Boston Red Sox thus missing the opportunity to tie McMahon and set his own Modern Era record. He was now 6-1.
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5. Fast forward to May 20: Weaver who began 6-0 is now 6-4 after losing 4 consecutive starts. Weaver is now the first pitcher in the Modern Era (since 1900) to win his first 6 starts and then go on to lose his next 4 starts. The only other pitcher to win his first 6 starts and then lose his next 4 was a guy by the name of Jumbo McGinnis of the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the (defunct) American Association who did it in 1884.

Unbelievable!

So far this season Weaver has done some things (good and bad) that NO pitcher has been able to do in over 120 years of playing baseball. Now how in the world does that happen????

I guess sometimes facts are stranger than fiction. Sheesh!

Stats courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN

4 comments:

  1. He's always been inconsistent like that. He shows you flashes of brilliance then complete loss of control. His brother Jeff was very similar.

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  2. I agree Cleavie. I guess it's in their DNA or something.

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  3. Nice Job. You know I love this stuff. Going to add link to this

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  4. Thanks Mike. So do I. Guess we're both stat junkies.

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