Anybody else amused by the shifts in perception of Jeff Weaver over the past six or seven months?
When the Cardinals picked him up, most of the email I received referred to it as, at best, shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic, and at worst, making a bad situation even more dire. Nobody viewed this guy as a difference-maker. The most optimistic folks (and I was among them) were cautious, essentially taking the view that the acquisition couldn’t hurt and had a chance to help.
Even after the deal, Weaver didn’t win anybody over for quite some time. People called for him to be booted from the rotation. This is forgotten in the postseason afterglow, but Weaver had a 5.18 ERA as a starter in St. Louis. He made it through the sixth inning four times in his first 13 Cardinals starts. He turned it on at the end, but it took quite a while.
So then Weaver goes out and throws some very nice postseason games. Unexpectedly, I might add. And now a whole lot of people are convinced that it’s a huge loss that the Cardinals didn’t bring him back. Either that, or they view him as some sort of traitor, because he was never worth a **** and then with the Cardinals he was great and by golly he owes them hugely because without the Cardinals he’d still never have been worth a ****.
I think it would be wise to take a step back and look at this rationally.
Weaver, for most of his career, has been a pretty good pitcher. Not great, but pretty good. Prior to 2006, he had an ERA better than the league average in six of his eight full seasons. He’s pitched 199 2/3 innings or more five times. For the most part, he’s been a durable, slightly-above-average pitcher. That’s before he ever got to St. Louis. But save for a few playoff starts, he’s never been great. Not even as a Cardinal.
The point is this… Weaver is a pretty good pitcher. He was a pretty good pitcher from 2000-2005. He is likely to be a pretty good pitcher again for Seattle in 2007. He likely would have been a pretty good pitcher for St. Louis in 2007 if he had signed. But he wasn’t an awful pitcher in the past (save for that brutal start to 06), and he’s not a great pitcher now.
(currently playing: The Joshua Tree. I’m old. We’ve been over this before.)