Perusing FanGraphs.com's list of Wins Above Replacement (WAR) leaders among American League pitchers so far this season yields a who's-who of Small Sample Size All-Stars.
Bartolo Colon—the fat guy? Jason Hammel—who? You get the point.
If by chance either happened to luck into a no-hitter, nobody in their right mind would believe it was a repeatable performance.
And then there are pitchers like Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and Jered Weaver, who all have the stuff and pitching know-how to dominate in any given outing.
Wednesday night, Weaver did just that, walking just one and striking out nine on his way to a no-hitter.
Weaver—who currently ranks second in the AL in WAR (1.3)—has ranked among the upper echelon of starting pitchers in either league for several years, and his performance thus far in 2012 indicates that he'll remain there for years to come.
I'll try not to bore you with a diatribe on Weaver's peripherals, but he's as sharp as ever. Weaver's K/9 rate is up (9.08), his BB/9 rate is extremely low (1.51) and he's inducing more ground balls than ever.
Now, all that said—where does Weaver rank among the AL elite?