There are all sorts of metrics within baseball, most of which can be described as either traditional metrics, such as wins, or sabermetrics, such as wins above replacement. And then there are made-up metrics, such as the term Maddux, invented four years ago on an unaffiliated blog but with surprising reach since.
To achieve a Maddux, a pitcher must throw a shutout in fewer than 100 pitches. On Sunday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum, the
In itself, it is an improbable feat. Hall of Fame right-hander Greg Maddux himself completed it 13 times. The Dodgers’
But, despite that, and despite his fastball that’s slower even than Maddux’s, Weaver did it, and the Angels backed him enough in a 2-0 victory over the
It was the Angels' second-shortest game of the season, paling only to the time Weaver and Kershaw matched up last month at Dodger Stadium. After that game, the 33-year-old Angels right-hander joked about how nice it would be to pitch with Kershaw's vicious breaking pitches and penetrating fastball.
He had none of that Sunday, of course. His hardest fastball traveled 86.5 mph. He benefited from better command of his fastball and Oakland's overly aggressive approach to his soft stuff.
“He’s the kind of guy that feeds off aggression, and a guy like him, every pitch looks like you can hammer, but that’s just not the case,” A’s catcher
"You can't do that against a guy like that."
They put a man aboard in the second inning and two in the third but converted neither chance. To begin the fifth, catcher Carlos Perez launched a home run, his third of 2016, to conclude the offense.
Early, Weaver gave up a series of long fly balls, but all of them landed in his teammates’ gloves until the fifth inning, when
"That fired me up," Trout said.
That was the closest Oakland came to reaching second base. Weaver walked Vogt in the first inning and yielded a sharp single to
Weaver never threw more than 15 pitches in an inning. He recorded his first and only strikeout in the eighth, using his slider on Marcus Semien.
The last man to throw seven or more scoreless innings without striking anyone out was
Weaver began the ninth at 85 pitches. He faced Jake Smolinski, Billy Burns and