It was another season, and another down year for Jered Weaver in 2016. The former ace continued his rapid decline, as he saw his fastball continue to decrease in velocity, his ERA jump to 5.06, and his HR/9 skyrocket to 1.9. Even his typically-excellent control was lacking, as his 2.6 BB/9 was nearly a full walk higher than 2015. If one positive can be taken from 2016, it's that the veteran managed to stay healthy for almost the entire season, with his only hiccup being a lower-back injury he sustained in his final start of the season. That being said, Weaver's tenure in Anaheim is likely over, and considering his rough performance as of late (with his peripherals actually signaling that things could have been worse), it'll be tough for him to garner a large role no matter where he lands in free agency. The 34-year-old seems to be destined for a long relief role unless a struggling team is in the market for a veteran rotation presence.
Weaver did not factor into Saturday's decision, but he tossed another quality start, holding the Marlins to two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out three. After getting hit hard in his first start of the 2017 season, Weaver has turned things around and tossed three consecutive quality starts, lowering his ERA below four for the first time this year. The 34-year-old continues to get by with smoke and mirrors, stifling major league hitters while averaging 84 mph on his fastball. The veteran has been relatively lucky that almost all of the homers he has surrendered so far this season have come with no men on base, but that luck is likely to run out sooner or later. Owners who have been benefiting from Weaver's solid start to the season need to be wary, as the other shoe could drop at any moment.
Weaver allowed three runs (two earned) across six innings en route to a no-decision Monday against the Braves, allowing seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Weaver was incredibly efficient, needing just 64 pitches (46 of which went for strikes) to make it through six frames. He allowed an unearned run in the second inning and was victimized by a two-run homer by Freddie Freeman in the third. After looking shaky in his first start as a Padre, Weaver has turned in back-to-back quality starts, lowering his ERA to 4.24. Wins will probably be hard to come by, as he's received just five runs of support thus far, but he's throwing the ball quite well heading into Saturday's matchup with the Marlins.
Weaver allowed two runs on three hits and no walks across six innings en route to a no-decision Tuesday against the Rockies. He struck out five. Weaver displayed sound control in this one and threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 21 batters he faced while pounding the zone at a 71 percent clip. His only two mistakes resulted in solo homers by Carlos Gonzalez in the fourth inning and Charlie Blackmon in the sixth, costing him a chance at a win as he exited a tie game after retiring the side. Weaver wasn't convincing in his first start when he gave up four runs to the Dodgers over five innings, but a quality start at Coors Field indicates that he still has something left in the tank. He will look to build on this solid effort Monday against the Braves.
Weaver (0-1) took the loss against the Dodgers on Thursday, allowing four runs off of five hits and three walks while striking out two over five innings. It was a rough debut for the former All-Star, as he was single-handedly dismantled by a pair of two-run home runs off the bat of Yasiel Puig. With his fastball topping out of 86 mph Thursday, no one expected Weaver to generate many strikeouts, but his lack of control and inability to keep the ball in park are concerning. The 34-year-old's next turn in the rotation will take place in Coors Field against the Rockies on Tuesday, which is the definition of a stay-away in almost all formats.
Contrary to an earlier report, Weaver will start San Diego's fourth game of the season. Earlier, the Padres mistakenly reported that Weaver would start their third game of the upcoming campaign. Although Weaver will still face the Dodgers when he makes his season debut, it will be one day later than was initially indicated.