A word about judging major league players too quickly.
Don’t. It almost never works out.
Reggie Jackson didn’t hit a home run in April, 1982, and was all but booed out of the park in Anaheim – then helped lead the team to the post-season and shared the American League home run lead.
Countless veterans comeback from the brink of disaster, in part because they have a reserve of confidence that younger players lack. And sometimes, they’re just streaky.
Maybe Jeff Weaver is streaky.
Certainly, when he was 0-6 and his earned run average was over 18.00, it seemed to everyone that he was of no use to the Seattle Mariners. Last week, he shutout the Pittsburgh Pirates.
And Monday he beat the Boston Red Sox by allowing them one earned run on a night when Seattle scored nine.
Weaver’s ERA is now 7.71, and he’s no one’s idea of an ace. He was never intended to be. What Weaver was signed to give the Mariners was innings and 10-12 wins, more if all went his way.
So far, all hasn’t. But Weaver wasn’t as bad as his first six starts. He may still give the Mariners a solid presence at the end of their rotation – especially considering their rotation is still a work in progress.