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Jered Weaver becomes first AL pitcher to reach 20 wins this season

Sep 29, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

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It’s silly to put much stock in pitcher wins, but it’s still noteworthy when someone gets there.

Jered Weaver became the first American League pitcher to reach 20 victories this season with a 7-4 win over the Rangers last night. Most importantly, it helped the Angels keep pace with the Athletics and Orioles, who also won last night. The Angels sit two games behind the Athletics for the second Wild Card spot and three games behind the Orioles with five left to play.

Weaver allowed two runs over seven innings while striking out five and walking a pair. He has won four straight starts and now holds a 2.73 ERA and 141/43 K/BB ratio over 187 2/3 innings in 29 starts this season. Probably not enough to top David Price or Justin Verlander for the American League Cy Young Award, but still pretty fantastic.

  1. randygnyc - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    He’s also managed those 20 wins in only 29 starts.

  2. cosanostra71 - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Weaver has had a fantastic year, as usual

  3. simon94022 - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    How did the Angels manage to acquire Albert Pujols, get one of the greatest individual seasons of the past decade from Mike Trout, steal the best 2011 Ranger pitcher, and have the winningest starter in the American League … while still failing to keep pace with the A’s and Orioles?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Remember the first 6 or 8 weeks of the season, when Pujols was hitting like a AAA player? Those wins, or lack thereof counted and it hurt the Angels chances.

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