Battle by the Bay

Very quietly, in the shadow of the summer Olympics and the Dodgers’ splashy moves, the Angels’ Jered Weaver has compiled a record of 14 wins and only one loss. And of course, one of those wins was a no hitter. In my lifetime, only two other pitchers have gone 14 and 1. It may not be quite as historic as Michael Phelps, but it is historic nonetheless. Weaver has prospered despite the absence of the Angels’ offense at the beginning of the season, and despite the team’s current bullpen woes. He has been the personification of consistency.

Also very quietly, the American League West has gone from a two team race to a three team race, with the Oakland A’s now having inserted themselves between the Texas Rangers and the Angels in the standings.

Starting Monday, the Angels play three games in Oakland, with Weaver pitching the first game. It seems as if every game is a “must win,” and as long as the A’s and the Rangers keep up the pace, so must the Angels. I’ll be switching the remote back and forth between Oakland and London, biting my nails.

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