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Jered Weaver: Dealin' Against The Aces

So I was looking at the probable starters for the next five games while the Angels are playing the Yankees and Blue Jays at home. I see that they're throwing Moseley against Hughes, Escobar against Mussina, and Lackey against Pettitte. Some very good matchups. Then I see Santana against Litsch, another good matchup for us. I then see the fifth game, Jered Weaver against Roy Halladay. So, it got me thinking and looking into the books.

Of his 21 starts this season, they've broken down like this when going against the opposition: Chad Gaudin, Mike Maroth, Jon Garland, Gil Meche, Paul Byrd, Kevin Millwood, Mark Hendrickson, Tyler Clippard, Felix Hernandez [x2], Boof Bonser [x2], Todd Wellemeyer, Jason Schmidt, Jorge de la Rosa, Jamey Wright, Brandon McCarthy, Nate Robertson, and Curt Schilling [x2].

In the five games where he's faced true ace's (Felix, Curt, Meche), Weaver has gone 0-2 with a 7.33 ERA and 1.92 WHIP while he's struckout 22 batters in 27 innings pitched. Ironically, he's also allowed 22 earned runs in those 27 innings pitched. Problem is, he's never gone more than six innings in any of those five starts. So it looks like that we'll either see the solid Weaver against a staff ace [6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR] or the horrible Weaver against a staff ace [6.0 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR].

On a side note, Weaver is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his career against the Blue Jays with eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. Add that into his 9-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.21 WHIP at Angel Stadium, and it looks like that maybe Weaver can outlast Halladay. Hopefully, for our sakes, Napoli [.225/.288/.364] is back in time to catch for Weaver because he's shit with Mathis [.311/.343/.466] back there. Generally August has been the worst month in Weaver's career, sporting a 3-3 record while posting a 4.58 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over his career.

Should be interesting, one way or another.

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