Skip to content

Will Jered Weaver’s no-hitter help Angels turn things around?

May 3, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

weaver-120502.standard[1] Getty Images

Jered Weaver couldn’t hold back the tears in the aftermath of his first career no-hitter on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins.

After an emotional celebration with his Angels teammates, he hugged his parents and his wife before taking the microphone to address the crowd.

“My mom, my dad, my wife, I mean this is awesome to have these guys (here),” he said. “This is why I stayed here for you guys. This is awesome.”

It was the biggest of moments for the native of Northridge Simi Valley, Calif., who stunned many last August when he gave up the right to become a free agent and instead signed a five-year, $85 million deal to stay with his hometown Angels. (It’s a deal that includes a full no-trade clause, by the way.)

Yes, the Twins are a bad team that was playing without Justin Morneau, but Weaver was hardly touched, allowing only two runners on the evening. The first came in the second inning, as Chris Parmelee reached base on a strikeout when Angels catcher Chris Iannetta was unable to hold onto the ball. Weaver later let Iannetta off the hook for ruining a potential perfect game, walking Josh Willingham with two outs in the seventh.

Weaver pitched masterfully, even if his stuff wasn’t electric. His fastball averaged only 89 mph (topping out at 92.8), but his pitches had plenty of movement and he lived on the edges of the strike zone.

“Weaver had everything working,” Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos told MLB Network radio. “His fastball he was locating on both sides of the plate. … It was fun to watch. He worked quick and pounded the zone and really kept them off balance. It was a pretty easy night for me. I think the fly balls I got were routine popups. I barely had to move.”

Two of the final three outs were fairly well hit – Jamey Carroll flew out to Vernon Wells in left field leading off the ninth, and Alexi Casilla hit a drive to right that Torii Hunter ran down on the warning track to end it. Otherwise the Twins managed to compile little more than a collection of lazy fly balls and pop-ups, whiffing nine times.

Moving forward, you have to wonder if this is the sort of thing that will help the Angels relax and begin playing the sort of ball most expected of them when they signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in the offseason. Playing the Twins certainly helps, as a scuffling offense woke up to score 17 runs in a three-game sweep. They’re 10-15 now and seven games behind the powerful Rangers, but there is a lot of baseball to be played, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this could still be a 90-win team, or even better.

“I think the offense is starting to wake up,” Bourjos said. “The pitching’s been there most of the year and it’s just really on the offense. That middle of the order, you saw what it did tonight, and I think it’s going to continue the rest of the year.”

You can follow Bob on Twitter here, or if Facebook is your thing, be his friend here.

Latest Posts
  1. Royals grab commanding lead and benches clear in sixth inning of World Series Game 2

    Oct 22, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

    billy butler getty Getty Images

    The host Royals have the visiting Giants right where they want them in Game 2 of the World Series.

  2. World Series Game 2 tied 2-2 through five innings

    Oct 22, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT

    yordano ventura getty Getty Images

    Game 2 of the World Series has been a back-and-forth affair thus far, with the visiting Giants scoring single runs in the first and fourth innings and the Royals scoring in the first and second. It’s all square at 2-2 as the action shifts to the top of the sixth.

  3. Craig Kimbrel wins Trevor Hoffman Award; Greg Holland gets Mariano Rivera Award

    Oct 22, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

    kimbrel holland mlb

    Major League Baseball announced in April that two new regular-season awards would be handed out every year, going to the top reliever in each league. The NL’s award was named after Trevor Hoffman and the AL’s was named after Mariano Rivera. Here, via MLB’s Twitter account, are the first recipients …

  4. Giants again strike first, but Royals answer back

    Oct 22, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT

    gregor blanco getty Getty Images

    The Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning Tuesday before eventually winning Game 1 of the World Series in a 7-1 rout. And they got off to another fast start in Game 2 on Wednesday night, but the Royals were able to answer right back.

  5. Statcast: Brandon Crawford’s over-the-shoulder catch from Game 1 of the World Series

    Oct 22, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

    brandon crawford getty Getty Images

    Statcast, the new 3D tracking technology from MLB Advanced Media, gives us this unique look at Brandon Crawford’s rangy catch to rob Omar Infante of a hit Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series …

  6. Twins sell Kris Johnson to Japanese team

    Oct 22, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Kris Johnson Twins Getty Images

    Johnson was acquired from the Pirates last year.

  7. Phillies sign catcher John Hester to minor league deal

    Oct 22, 2014, 7:19 PM EDT

    john hester getty Getty Images

    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Phillies have signed catcher John Hester to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

  8. Dan Haren undergoes shoulder surgery

    Oct 22, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT

    dan haren getty Getty Images

    Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He’s expected to be ready for spring training.

  9. Twins decline $3.6 million option on Jared Burton

    Oct 22, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jared Burton Getty Getty Images

    Not so long ago that option looked like it might be a bargain, as Burton went from scrap-heap pickup to one of the league’s best setup men, but he showed major signs of decline this season while throwing 64 innings with a 4.36 ERA.

  10. PANTY RAID! Homeland Security agents confiscate unlicensed Kansas City Royals underwear

    Oct 22, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 4.03.14 PM

    In other news: Homeland Security agents now conduct raids over things like minor copyright violations.

  11. World Series, Game 2: Giants vs. Royals lineups

    Oct 22, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Yordano Ventura AP

    Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Ventura.

  12. CC Sabathia hasn’t thrown off a mound yet, but says he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent”

    Oct 22, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia AP

    He’s owed $23 million in 2015, $25 million in 2016, and $25 million or a $5 million buyout for 2017.

  13. Frank White joins the “back in my day …” chorus

    Oct 22, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    frank white royals

    “No one ever complained” is not a particularly compelling argument against change, in baseball or in life.

  14. Padres fire hitting coach Phil Plantier

    Oct 22, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

    phil plantier getty Getty Images

    This year the Padres scored the fewest runs in baseball, by far, as they totaled 535 runs and the second-to-last Braves scored 573.

  15. Wade Davis’ wife tipped a waiter a World Series ticket

    Oct 22, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 12.14.17 PM

    I think that constitutes more than 15%.

  16. Mets interviewing ex-Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long

    Oct 22, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees Reuters

    Long was the Yankees’ hitting coach from 2007-2014 and during that time they scored the second-most runs in baseball, but aging and injuries turned the lineup into one of the league’s worst for the past two seasons and he took the fall.

  17. The Royals asked a fan in Marlins gear to change his shirt last night. He refused.

    Oct 22, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 12.43.10 PM

    In other news, this answers the age-old question: are there Marlins fans?

Featured video

Ace-killer Giants do it again
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. M. Bumgarner (3399)
  2. J. Shields (2981)
  3. T. Ishikawa (2767)
  4. T. Lincecum (2322)
  5. M. Morse (2318)
  1. Y. Cespedes (1991)
  2. L. Cain (1986)
  3. B. Posey (1854)
  4. B. Roberts (1594)
  5. A. Wainwright (1558)