That’s right. Jered Weaver struck out 11 over seven shutout frames against the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, vaulting over Tim Lincecum for the major-league lead in strikeouts.
Here’s the leaderboard as of 4 p.m. ET:
Jered Weaver – 107
Tim Lincecum – 106
Dan Haren – 101
Adam Wainwright – 97
Clayton Kershaw – 97
Jon Lester – 96
Ricky Romero – 96
Yovani Gallardo – 94
Francisco Liriano – 93
Roy Halladay – 90
Weaver wouldn’t have been my first guess at the beginning of the season. In fact, he probably wouldn’t have been my tenth. Including today’s start, Weaver has averaged 7.67 K/9 during his career. He has averaged 10.17 K/9 over 94 2/3 innings this season. That’s quite a jump. Somebody much smarter than me needs to some research on this (hint-hint, Fangraphs).
Of course, if Stephen Strasburg’s first three major league starts are any indication, he’ll jump all these guys by the All-Star break, right?
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.
Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.
Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.