JJ gives praise to Weaver

MIAMI — A strong argument can be made that Josh Johnson has been the National League Pitcher of the Month in April. He may receive that honor when the voting is completed in the next few days.

After all, JJ is 3-0 with an NL-leading 1.06 ERA. He’s also been the toughest starting pitcher in the game to get a hit off. He’s allowed just 13 in 34 innings. Consider, Roy Halladay has given up 32 hits over 37 1/3 innings in his five starts.

But the title of “nastiest pitcher” in the big leagues right now goes to Jered Weaver of the Angels.

Weaver improved to 6-0 the other night with a complete-game shutout, as he lowered his ERA to 0.99. He’s struck out 49 in 45 2/3 innings.

“Fun to watch,” JJ said when asked about Weaver. “It’s ridiculous.”

JJ and Weaver were both All-Stars in 2010, but they have never met.

Being on the East Coast, though, hasn’t stopped JJ from following what Weaver has been accomplishing.

“He’s been nasty,” JJ said. “Just how many pitches he has. He has a nasty, nasty changeup. Nasty curveball. Nasty slider. He paints his fastball. He throws every pitch, any time he wants. It’s impressive. Really impressive.

“Being a pitcher, I always look at pitchers. I don’t pay attention to the hitters as much. They always show the home runs, and don’t show pitchers too much, unless they strike a lot of guys out.”

Weaver has been doing that, and making a lot of headlines.

Joe Frisaro

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