Saturday, May 24, 2008
Textbook Weaver: Angels 2, White Sox 0
The Angels' offense was just as flaccid as ever, and it wasn't helped by Scioscia's choice to bat Jeff Mathis, Brandon Wood, and Sean Rodriguez consecutively in the 7-8-9 slots. That came in vivid relief when, during the Angels' "big" rally, cued by Vlad's leadoff sixth inning homer, the Angels had second and third with nobody out (thanks to a throwing error by Carlos Quentin that hit the backstop) — and those three failed to drive in any of them. It was a real embarrassing moment, and the Angels just can't get Howie Kendrick back soon enough.
The best part of the game, of course, was A.J. Pierzynski getting thumbed after Frankie struck him out swinging, and Ozzie Guillen on his heels. (The game box score says it was only Guillen, but it looked to me like Pierzynski preceded him into the showers.) It was a completely painless save, and I can't imagine anybody was happier for it than Weaver, who picked up his fourth win. One more and he's got a a .500 record; and the way he's been tossing lately, I've little doubt but that he'll do it in his next start.
I didn't realise he had any pitch like that let alone a slider (which is normally around 80)... or is this just an MLB.com error?
Regarding the 58mph slider - I play cricket (a lot) and as a spin bowler I 'throw' it probably around the 55 mark with effectively a hard cut action - over about 19 yards the ball dips fully six feet, so I'm thinking a 58mph slider would have more "break" than the 15" quoted on the site. I.e. error.