ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 02: Starting pitcher Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 2, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Twins 9-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Jered Weaver's no-hitter of the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night was a microcosm of the Twins' futility in 2012.
First of all, let's give credit where it's due--Jered Weaver pitched an absolutely spectacular game on Wednesday. He allowed only two base runners the entire evening. One of those base runners was Chris Parmelee, who reached only after he struck out and the ball got past catcher Chris Iannetta. Weaver dominated the Twins hitters from start to finish. The final out, Alexi Casilla's long fly ball to right field caught by former Twin Torii Hunter, was one of the few hard-hit balls the Twins had throughout the memorable night. Weaver deserves all the accolades he gets for tossing such a gem.
That said, Weaver did pitch a no-hitter against a team that only mustered three measly singles against journeyman Jerome Williams the night before. Yes, that Jerome Williams--he of the 29-30 career record and who had a 1-0 record with the minor league powerhouse Inland Empire 66ers this year.
To say that the Twins have struggled out of the gate in 2012 is kind of like saying the HBO show "Luck" had a slight problem with their horses. Throwing out statistics of how bad the Twins have been this year is a lot like beating those literally dead horses, but I feel that it has to be done:
- The starting pitching staff has a cumulative ERA of well over 7.00. You can point out that the sample size is still relatively small, but we are a month into the season already.
- The Twins have the worst record in baseball and are 1.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals--a team that already has a 12-game losing streak under its belt.
- If you don't count Denard Span reaching second in the 9th inning on Tuesday night via catcher indifference, the Twins won't have a base runner past first base in four days. (The last time they legitimately had a runner in scoring position was Monday, and Thursday is mercifully an off day.) This fact caused me to send out a slightly off-color Tweet last night.
- The Twins have hit only 14 home runs this season while allowing 38. Brian Duensing is the lone Twins pitcher that has yet to allow a dinger, yet half of the 14 batters the Twins have sent to the plate this season have failed to hit one.