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Jered Weaver gives up a career-high nine runs in loss to Rays

Aug 18, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

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The Angels’ rotation hasn’t been the force we expected it would be this season, even after the Zack Greinke trade last month, but Jered Weaver has managed to be the exception. Until last night, that is.

Weaver was tagged for a career-high nine runs over just three-plus innings as part of a 12-3 loss to the Rays. He served up a solo homer to B.J. Upton in the first inning and a solo shot to Ben Zobrist in the second before allowing the first seven batters to reach base in the fourth. He was replaced by LaTroy Hawkins, who allowed two inherited runners to score on an RBI single by Upton.

Weaver had a start against the Yankees on May 30 where he left in the first inning with a back injury, but otherwise this was his shortest outing of the season. His ERA jumped from an AL-best 2.22 to 2.74 with the clunker. He was handed just his third loss of the year.

Many have assumed that the Angels would at least get one of the Wild Cards in the American League and that may still happen, but they are far from a sure thing right now. With losses in seven out of their last 10 games, they sit at 62-58 on the year, seven games behind the Rangers in the American League West and 2 1/2 games back for the Wild Card. The team’s starting rotation has a 6.00 ERA this month.

  1. legacybroken - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    And the late season swoon begins. JV, King Felix and David Price look like the leaders in the Cy Young hunt now.

    • DCBlueStar - Aug 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      FIFY: David Price, Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez look like the leaders in the Cy Young hunt now.

  2. jimatkins - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Got to see the only two decent games they played this week (Tues and Wed against Indians). Even then, the bullpen gave up late runs in each game. Isringhausen and Takahashi probably need to be DFA’d this week. Neither one can get batters out reliably. Haren and Santana will be looking for new teams this winter. Serious disappointments from the pitching staff since the all-star break. It’s getting to be Jim Mora time discussing playoffs around the OC.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    DJ, or anyone else have any idea what happens if multiple teams tie for the final WC spot? For instance, right now there’s three teams (Det, Bal and TB) all tied for 2 spots. Do we get a round robin playin for the right to playin the WC game? We’re getting eerily close to the Kenny Mayne line:
    So, if the Beers beat Detroit and Denver beats Atlanta in the American Southwestern Division East Northern, then Milwaukee goes to the Denslow Cup, unless Baltimore can upset Buffalo and Charlotte ties Toronto, then Oakland would play LA and Pittsburgh in a blind choice round robin. And if no clear winner emerges from all of this, a two-man sack race will be held on consecutive Sundays until a champion can be crowned.

  4. mybrunoblog - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Gee, a few weeks ago after the Greinke acquisition more than one expert said the Angels had to be considered the favorite to win the World Series.
    The Angels may still get to the World Series but they will have to pay $150 per ticket and can purchase no more than four tickets per customer. The $150 does not include ticketmaster surcharges.

    • jhorton83 - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      The people who considered the Greinke trade a game-changer were idiots who hadn’t actually watched Greinke pitch this season.

  5. elgorditodehumboldt - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Weaver’s chance of winning the Cy Young pretty much died last night. And as much as it pains this life long Angels fan to say it – any hope of them making the playoffs are pretty much dead too. Damn.

  6. randygnyc - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    elgorditodehumboldt- um, there’s 25% of the season left to play. It’s foolish to suggest weaver (who I don’t like, at all) lost his chance at the cy award last night. Too many games left to be played.

    • hittfamily - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      And Weaver hasn’t played them. He has 25% fewer IP than Verlander, Felix, and Price, and a higher ERA vs weaker opponents.

      Vince McMahon just told him “You’ve got no chance, no chance in hell”

  7. deathmonkey41 - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Does this mean that fans will come even later and leave even earlier?

  8. DCBlueStar - Aug 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    David Price better win the Cy Young this season. There’s no question who is leading now… Shouldn’t have been a question before. It’d be the first time a lefty has won, I believe.

  9. randygnyc - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    DCBlueStar | Aug 18, 2012, 3:47 PM CDT
    “David Price better win the Cy Young this season. There’s no question who is leading now… Shouldn’t have been a question before. It’d be the first time a lefty has won, I believe”

    You’d be correct, except for the 14 other times a lefty has won the AL CY Award.

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