The Angels will pitch their staff ace in Monday's series opener against the Red Sox, one day after an illness scratched him from his regularly scheduled start. Weaver has been the American League's most dominant pitcher this season, vaulting to a 6-0 record and a 0.99 ERA through six rotation turns.
Weaver has thrown six quality starts, and his illness will allow the Angels to pair him back to back with Dan Haren. That duo has earned a win in 10 of the team's 15 victories, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Weaver and Haren are the first pair of teammates to enter May with four wins and an ERA under 1.25 since Phil Niekro and George Stone in 1969.
And that's not even the most impressive statistical precedent being mentioned around Weaver's start. If he had managed to start and win on Sunday, he would have been the first pitcher since Sadie McMahon -- who went 9-0 by April 30 for the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association in 1891 -- to manage seven victories on or before the first day of May.
But it wasn't meant to be, and manager Mike Scioscia explained what happened.
"He came in today, and I think if this was the seventh game of the World Series, I think you'd see him out there trying to pitch," said Scioscia of Weaver, who is 2-4 with a 4.40 career ERA against the Red Sox. "But I think one more day of getting some fluids in him, all day tomorrow, we'll see how he feels. He should be ready to go tomorrow night."
The Red Sox, coming off a series loss to the Mariners, will match Clay Buchholz -- who was also bumped from a Sunday start to Monday due to illness -- up against Weaver in the series opener. Buchholz, who won 17 games last season, has lost three of his first four decisions in 2011. The right-hander allowed 12 hits in a 4-1 loss to Baltimore in his last rotation turn, and he's completed six innings just twice in five starts.
"I don't think he's taken the ball yet on the mound and had his entire feel," said catcher Jason Varitek after Buchholz's last start, "But he's battling the best he can. He's just one click away from having that feel and different touches on the ball."
Weaver, by contrast, has thrown complete games in each of his last two outings and has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any start. The right-hander has beaten the Royals, Rays, Blue Jays, White Sox, Rangers and A's, and he can take pride in knowing that six of the last seven pitchers to start 6-0 with an ERA under 1.00 went on to win the Cy Young Award.
And the Angels, who have the most road wins (10) of any Major League team, start their next series with their best arm.
"That's neither here nor there," said Scioscia of getting Weaver for the opener against the Red Sox. "We're just going to keep these guys on their schedule and whoever they come against, they come up against."
Angels: Abreu walks into record books
Veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu logged 22 walks in April to tie a franchise record set by Hall of Famer Rod Carew in 1982, and he got right back to business Sunday by drawing a walk and notching two hits. Abreu is a career .286 hitter in April and a .280 hitter in May, but he's historically surged in June (.308), July (.295) and August (.311).
Red Sox: Gonzalez heating up
Adrian Gonzalez is showing signs of life in the form of an eight-game hitting streak that has helped raise his average nearly 50 points (from .267 to .312). Gonzalez has had multihit games in four of his last eight starts, and his 11 multihit games rank in the top five of the league standings. Boston's first baseman is hitting .412 (14-for-34) during his streak.
Jacoby Ellsbury has a 10-game hitting streak going for Boston.
Niekro (4-1, 1.23) and Stone (4-1, 1.23) pitched for the Atlanta Braves when they accomplished their feat.
The Angels have 322 road wins since 2004, the most of any Major League team. Philadelphia (316) is next.
The Angels have held their opponents to three runs or fewer in 17 of their 27 games this season. They're 13-4 when that happens.
Boston has had two two-error games in the last three days.