The Angels would be content to trade Weaver with his little brother, Jered, fresh off a 14-strikeout, two-hit shutout, waiting in the wings at Triple-A Salt Lake. The decision seems to be an obvious one -- try to trade Jeff Weaver for a much-needed bat -- but his 6.29 ERA makes the right-hander a tough sell.
Manager Mike Scioscia made it clear when Jered Weaver was sent down this month that it was likely the rookie would resurface again in the Majors this season, but alluded to only a trade or an injury being the reason why.
Much of the 39,341 on hand at Angel Stadium, though, showed little eagerness in waiting for the promotion. Each run Jeff Weaver (3-10) allowed led to increasingly louder rounds of boos and many stood and cheered when Scioscia trotted out to remove his starter from the contest. Even smatterings of "We want Jered!" could be heard around the stadium.
"It's kind of funny," Jeff Weaver said. "It just seems like every time I get back home and feel good, things just don't work out for me at home."
The right-hander does have a valid point. Although his ERA on the road isn't anything impressive at 4.66, at Angel Stadium it balloons to 9.09.
"It's hard when the fans here don't get to see you when you're on the road and then you come back and have one of your tough games," he said. "Obviously, they are going to feel poorly about you."
After escaping damage in the first inning by dropping down sidearm to strike out Garrett Atkins with two on and two out, Weaver couldn't do the same the following inning. Clint Barmes laced a two-run single in the second and scored a batter later on a double from Jamey Carroll. But, that was just the start of a season-worst performance for Weaver.
"It seemed like you throw down any [sign] and they were hitting it, hitting everything," catcher Mike Napoli said. "It was just one of those days when they were swinging the bats."
Weaver heard only boos as he walked off the field in the third, victim of four straight hits, including a two-run home run by Brad Hawpe. He and reliever Kevin Gregg were battered so badly that every Rockies starter had a hit by the fourth inning.
The right-hander had been on an upswing since falling to an ERA of 7.30 on May 19. Since that point, Weaver had thrown quality starts in five of his last six outings until prospects steadily declined on Tuesday.
"You hope he's not [falling back to his early season struggles] because he's been making so much progress over the last six starts that you hope it's just a bump in the road," Scioscia said.
In the Rockies rout, though, it wasn't all Weaver that went wrong for the Angels.
A lineup change that shifted Orlando Cabrera to the third slot and placed Maicer Izturis in the two-hole did little to help the offense make up for the Halos' lack of pitching.
Cabrera was his normal self, hitting two singles to extend his streak of reaching base to 55 games, but beyond their shortstop, the Angels couldn't muster much of an attack against Rockies starter Aaron Cook.
Napoli had two hits and two RBIs, Izturis chipped in with a pair of base knocks and Robb Quinlan hit his third home run of the year.
Vladimir Guerrero continued to see his average plummet as he is now stuck in an 11-for-76 skid. First baseman Kendry Morales went 0-for-4, doing little to escape from his own sub-.200 skid. And second baseman Adam Kennedy now has just nine hits in his last 48 at-bats.
The contest became an official rout in the top of the fourth. After Gregg struck out the side in the third, he allowed four runs in the fourth and it was a 10-2 hole.
Those runs, though, were largely aided by third baseman Izturis botching a ground ball that loaded the bases with no outs.
"The frustrating thing in the bigger picture is the ability to carry momentum to get us on a run and get us where we want to be," Scioscia said. "The only way to do that is to come out and play good baseball."
Pitching with ease after his offense turned Angel Stadium into a West Coast Coors Field, Cook surrendered three runs in seven innings. Cook (6-7) was bothered by the Angels only in the first, when the Halos took a short-lived 2-0 lead.
Soon enough the Rockies bats, which tied a season high with 18 hits, seemingly connected on every Weaver pitch and the Angels went on to suffer one of their most lopsided defeats of the year.
"You have to put it behind you," Weaver said. "I've had six weeks of good starts, those are the ones you got to remember."