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Orange County Register: Weaver puts team first in victory

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In the seventh inning of the Angels’ 9-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, Weaver essentially told pitching coach Mike Butcher to take him out, a first for either of them.


“It takes a man to tell you he wants to come out of a game,” Butcher said. “Hats off to him. It tells you the team is a lot more important to him.”


Catcher Hank Conger, the third man on the conversation, acknowledged he was “a little shocked. He always loves taking the ball.”

This time, though, he gave it up.


“It took a lot for me to do that,” Weaver said, “but sometimes you have to swallow your pride.”

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This is the difference between a veteran and a rookie. A rookie can never do this, simply because the coaching staff and the fans would eviscerate him. However, once a pitcher has established themselves, they can do what Weav did and are respected for it.

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Kohn’s escape preserved a tidy pitching line for Weaver, who now has a 1.71 ERA over his past five starts. 


Didn't realize Weaver was doing so well lately. Awesome.


Expectations are everything.  Everyone wants Weaver to be a dominant ace every time out and anything less seems like a failure.  I think most would agree that C.J. is having a fairly solid start to the season, right?  Well, here are the current stats of each:  


Weaver:  50.1 IP, 3.22 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 15 BB, 40 SO, .226 BAA

Wilson:   47.2 IP, 3.21 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 16 BB, 46 SO, .225 BAA


Obviously C.J. has one less start so assuming it's a good one he'll pass Weaver up by a few IP, but Jered's season has hardly been as rough as one would think by reading this forum.

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Remember that fun thread about him no longer being an ace? I agree that he isn't that workhouse type of ace, but he can still have these stretches where he pitches as well as anyone in the league. Oh and to the people claiming he was a number three in that thread, nanny nanny nanny.

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