While the Orioles will honor one Weaver here on Saturday (Earl), tonight they want to beat another Weaver (Jered).
The Angels right-hander comes into this game with a record of 7-1 and a 2.40 ERA that ranks third in the American League. His .189 batting average against is tops in the AL.
This is Weaver’s second start since a stint on the disabled list with a strained lower back. He missed 19 games and it was the second time in his career he’s been on the DL.
He returned to pitch six scoreless in his last start against the Giants and, over his last four starts, Weaver has an ERA of 1.29 and a batting average against of .137.
Yes, he is rather tough to hit and beat. Here is how the O’s lineup tonight has fared against him:
Brian Roberts: 2-for-12
J.J. Hardy: 0-for-9
Chris Davis: 5-for-22
Adam Jones: 3-for-9
Matt Wieters: 2-for-7 with a HR
Wilson Betemit: 1-for-8 with a HR
Mark Reynolds: 0-for-5
Nick Johnson: 0-for-3
Steve Pearce: 0-for-0
Weaver pitched a no-hitter on May 2 against Minnesota. It was the 10th no-hitter in Angels history and ninth individual no-no.
Maybe this stat gives the O’s some hope tonight: While Weaver is 5-0 with an ERA of 0.70 at home this year, he is 2-1 with an ERA of 4.21 in road games.
Weaver has given up just five homers in 75 innings all year but four of those came on the road where opponent batters hit .243 off him compared to a figure of .134 at home.