05/03/2011 4:43 PM ET
Weaver named AL Pitcher of Month
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Jered Weaver has been voted the American League Pitcher of the Month for April.
In six starts (including one start on March 31st), Weaver compiled a perfect 6-0 record with a 0.99 ERA, two complete
games, one shutout, 49 strikeouts and 10 walks in 45.2 innings of work. The 28-year-old led the Major Leagues in wins,
finished tops in the American League in strikeouts and ERA, and ranked second in the league in innings pitched and
opponent batting average (.163). Weaver tossed at least 6.1 innings in each of his six starts and allowed one run or less
in five of those six starts. On March 31st, the Northridge, California native made his third career Opening Day start,
permitting just two hits over 6.1 innings to help the Angels defeat the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, at Kauffman Stadium in
Kansas City. It was Weaver's second consecutive Opening Day victory. In his home season debut on April 10th, the
Majors' 2010 strikeout leader fanned a career-high 15 batters in 7.2 innings to lead the Angels over the Toronto Blue
Jays, 3-1, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. It marked just the 14th time in Major League history that a hurler recorded
15-or-more strikeouts in fewer than 8.0 innings pitched. In addition, Weaver became the first Angels right-hander to
reach the 15-strikeout plateau since Mike Witt recorded 16 strikeouts on July 23, 1984. On April 15th, the 12th overall
selection in the first round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft worked his way through seven innings, allowing three runs
(two earned) on four hits with four strikeouts to defeat the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, at U.S. Cellular Field. The 2010 A.L.
All-Star continued his hot start on April 20th, tossing a complete game to defeat the division rival Texas Rangers, 4-1, at
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Weaver allowed one run on six hits and struck out eight in the win. It was Weaver's fifth
career complete game, and his first since August 19, 2009. Weaver rounded out his record-breaking month against the
Oakland Athletics on April 25th. The hard-throwing righty struck out 10 and scattered seven hits en route to a 5-0,
complete-game shutout of the A's in Anaheim. Weaver issued just one free pass in the outing. He became the first
Angel to throw back-to-back complete games since John Lackey in 2006 and the first pitcher in franchise history to notch
six wins in the club's first 23 games. Additionally, the Long Beach State product is the first pitcher in Major League
history to record six wins by April 25th and is just the fourth pitcher (fifth occurrence) to go 6-0 before the end of April.
This is Jered's first career Pitcher of the Month Award.
Also receiving votes for A.L. Pitcher of the Month were Weaver's Angels teammate Dan Haren, who notched a 4-1
record with a 1.23 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 44.0 innings over seven games (six starts), and Oakland Athletics starting
pitcher Trevor Cahill, who went a perfect 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 38.1 innings over six starts.
The American League Pitcher of the Month, Jered Weaver, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved,
for his accomplishment.