Entering Saturday, Angels ace Jered Weaver was leading the AL in each of the pitching triple crown categories. But the Tribe roughed him up (relatively speaking) for four runs in six innings.
The most surprising stat of the game, however, was the fact that Weaver – who K’d 233 batters in 2010 – failed to strike out a single Indian. It was just the 14th time since 2000 that a pitcher went six innings against the Indians without recording a single strikeout, and the second time it’s happened this year (Mark Buehrle on opening day). It’s the first time that’s happened twice in the same season since Nate Cornejo and Ramon Ortiz each failed to record a strikeout in starts against the Tribe in 2003.
Unlike most of the pitchers on the list (Buehrle being a great example) Weaver is a true strikeout pitcher, making this performance especially shocking. It’s the first time the Indians have gone without a strikeout against a pitcher who had posted a 200-strikeout season at any point in his career since facing Kevin Brown in 1995. However, Brown didn’t record his first 200-K season until 1997 with the Marlins.
Weaver is the first pitcher coming off a 200-strikeout season to fail to record a strikeout in at least six innings of work against the Tribe since White Sox hurler Gary Peters in 1965. The previous season Peters had struck out 205 batters, but failed to strike anyone out on May 26, 1965.