Spahn and Sain and two days of rain.
Tanana and Ryan and two days of cryin’.
The Angels in 2011: Weaver and Haren and three days of swearin’.
I think it’s fair to say that, if the Angels hope to compete in 2011, they need their pair of aces to run flush for the rest of the season.
They’re off to a historically great start. After Weaver’s outstanding complete victory against the Rangers, they are a combined 9-0 with a 1.20 ERA. In terms of advanced metrics, Haren leads major league starters in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) with 1.3, an astounding number just three weeks into the season. Weaver is just a bit below him, tied for 4th with a 0.8 figure.
It’s not like Weaver the Younger and Danny Boy are doing it with smoke and mirrors either. They both use the same MO—lots of strikeouts, stingy on the walks, and a healthy helping of flyballs. They’re not exactly the same, though. Weaver strikes out more batters (9.94 versus 7.84) while Haren walks fewer (a ridiculous 0.58 compared to 2.23). Based on these numbers, their expected ERA suggests that we can continue to see at worst good outings, and at best sheer dominance. Haren’s expected ERA is 1.94, while Jered’s is 2.85 (though Weaver has a long history of beating these expected ERA values).
Even if our boys don’t partake in October baseball, we’re being treated to a potentially historical joint campaign by two of the best starters in baseball. Enjoy it, whatever else happens.