All I can I say is expect more of the same from Weaver in the second half of the season. He now knows that he is working with a safety net, an offense that produces for its pitchers. Pencil in 15 wins for Weaver for 2000, and a whole lot more wins in the seasons to come.
Of course in baseball, as in life, there are no guarantees. Your stock goes up however when you play for a winner. It increases the chances for success greatly. Weaver may not win 20 games or a Cy Young Award. His chances of doing both is enhanced simply by being a Yankee. Case in point is Mike Mussina, who like Weaver, labored a number of years in baseball Limbo. Now playing for New York, he has to be considered one of the top five pitchers in all of baseball. Winning begets winning.
Weaver will also benefit from being surrounded by a Roger Clemens or a Mike Mussina. He had little guidance in Detroit. Now he has arguably the greatest pitching coach in all of baseball in Mel Stottlemyre, who will watch his every pitch. Mel will instill the necessary confidence that any young pitcher, no matter how talented, greatly needs.
Once again Weaver is the future of the Yankee pitching staff. Quite possibly the Clemens or Mussina, who will spearhead the rotation in the coming decade. Only time will tell, but I greatly like Jeff's chances.
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