Some teams celebrate winning a division title by benching all of their regulars the next day, but the Angels have decided to simply bench their starting pitcher.
Jered Weaver has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start against the Mariners, with Wade LeBlanc taking his place, but don’t worry: Weaver is healthy.
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writes that the Angels just want to line him up to start Game 1 of the ALDS. And giving Weaver the day off after no doubt celebrating late last night is an added bonus.
It does rob everyone of a good Weaver-Felix Hernandez matchup, sadly.
UPDATE: OK, I take it back: The Angels also benched all of their regulars.