If your team needs a huge home run, you had better hope that Jeff Weaver is on the mound. Nobody does just enough to lose a game like Weaver. (Although Kelvim Escobar comes close.) Weaver was cruising along in Game 1 of the NLCS, but a two-run home run by Carlos Beltran ended that and was the only scoring the Mets would need. But that was just Weaver being proficient. The Mets needed only two runs, so he gave up two runs.
Now, there will be those who will point that allowing two runs in just under six innings is not bad. And that is exactly the point. If you need Weaver to protect a one-run lead, he will give up two. If you need him to protect a five run lead, he will give up six. That is just the way that he works. Weaver giving up two runs when his team cannot score is no surprise.
And really Weaver’s start in Game 1 a testament to just how bad the NL is. Talk more about it here.