Weaver Still the Guy, But Tomorrow’s Angels’ Starter a Mystery

There is good news and bad news in Angeltown tonight.

The good news is that Jered Weaver continues his dominance as the re-anointed staff ace. In a battle tonight with Oakland, Weaver went head-to-head against the A’s newly acquired star, Jon Lester, and Weaver again showed the A’s whose’ who. After pitching six shutout innings against the A’s on August 24 (he gave up three runs in the seventh), in his first start after Garrett Richard’s season-ending injury, for a 9-4 win, Weaver threw seven shutout innings tonight, beating Lester, 4-0, increasing the Angels’ American League West Division lead to three games. On June 16, Weaver was 7-6, but since then, he has won eight of nine decisions, and now, at 15-7, he now is tied for the American League lead in victories, one behind major league leader Clayton Kershaw.

Tonight's game also featured Albert Pujols and Chris Innetta home runs, and more near-perfect work from the bullpen, with shutout innings from Joe Smith and Huston Street, in relief of Weaver. A's center fielder Coco Crisp almost made a miraculous catch on the drive by Innetta. Running to his right and into the fence at an angle, Crisp jumped up above the fence to grab the ball, but it fell out of his glove and over as he hit the fence.
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The bad news for the Angels and manager Mike Scioscia, is they have no one to start tomorrow’s game. Wade LeBlanc was fired after one start in place of the injured Richards, and as of tonight, no one else has been brought up or acquired to take his place. Could Bartolo Colon be at JFK waiting for a red eye to Socal? Unfortunately, that is doubtful, but who on the current staff could start tomorrow? Cory Rasmus? Yoslan Herrera? Looking at the Salt Lake City staff, there does not look like there is a single starter there who warrants a recall and a major league start. 37-year-old Randy Wolf might well be the best choice if someone HAS to be plucked from the Bees’ staff. His 4.99 ERA is the best among current starters there, and he does have 15 years and 133 wins in the majors.

Herrera, who has made seven ineffective appearances for the Angels this season (0-1, 6.43 ERA) and whose prior major league experience was back in 2008 with the Pirates, did start five times back then, but the results were not pretty: 1-1, 9.82 ERA, and a 2.56 WHIP. I’ve never seen a WHIP that high, ever. Oh, wait, his WHIP this season in LA is 2.57.

Scioscia has just under 19 hours to figure it out.

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