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.
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