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?
Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.
Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.
Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.
The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.