After his shutout of the A's on Monday, Jered Weaver leads the majors in victories (six), ERA (0.99) and strikeouts (49).
Despite his All-Star selection last season, when he led the majors in strikeouts, Weaver's presence at the top of those leaderboards might be startling to some. It shouldn't be, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"He's on a roll, but he has the potential to do what he's doing," Scioscia said of Weaver's 6-0 run to start the season. "I don't think this is anything so outrageous that you can't believe what he's doing. Weave has the potential to do what we're seeing if we continue to give him support both offensively and defensively."
The Angels had a problem doing that for Weaver last season, and he finished 13-12 despite a 3.01 ERA and 233 strikeouts. This season, Weaver has been slowed by nothing. He has held opposing batters to a .164 average and is beginning to shove his way into the discussion of elite pitchers in the game.
"I'm glad I don't have to face him. I'm glad I'm on this side. He's in a zone right now," right fielder Torii Hunter said before the Angels beat the A's 8-3 Tuesday. "He's starting to get up there with Johan Santana for me. Santana won a couple Cy Youngs when we were with the Twins (2004 and 2006), throwing 95 mph from the left side, striking everybody out.
"(Weaver's performance) is Johan Santana-like, when he was at his max. Weave is definitely there."
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