Weaver (12-12) was the winning pitcher in Wednesday's 5-4 victory over Texas, surrendering four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six. The Angels offense picked up the veteran right-hander in his 30th start of the season, making up for their starting pitcher's last outing, a quality start against the Blue Jays, when he pitched six innings of two-run ball. While Weaver's peripherals are eerily consistent with last season's campaign, albeit a slight statistical regression in 2016, the former Cy Young runner-up has collected five more wins for the club while sporting a 5.20 ERA.
Weaver fell to 11-12 after allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in six innings during Friday's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jays. Weaver delivered his second straight quality start and third in his last four outings, but didn't get any run support. Both of the runs he allowed scored on Troy Tulowitzki's homer, which marked the eighth straight start where Weaver's been taken deep. His 36 home runs allowed lead the American League, while his 202 hits allowed are most in the MLB. The 33-year-old has been pitching better lately, however, compiling a 3.77 ERA over his last five starts. He'll look to carry that momentum into Wednesday's challenging road date with the Rangers.
Weaver evened his record at 11-11 after allowing two runs on four hits -- including two home runs -- and two walks with eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers. Weaver turned in one of his best starts of the year, striking out a season-high eight batters and throwing 67 of his 100 offerings for strikes. He was fortunate nobody was on base for either home run, however. His extreme fly ball tendencies have really hurt him this year, as he's allowed a career-high 35 home runs, including 12 over his last seven starts. A career-worst 13.4 HR/FB ratio may be indicative of some bad luck, but diminished velocity has also made his pitches easier to square up. He'll look to keep the ball in the yard Saturday against a power-laden Blue Jays lineup.
Weaver served up five runs on four hits and three walks over four innings in a no-decision Monday against Oakland. Weaver had been strong over his past two starts, with nine strikeouts and just three runs allowed over 12 innings in outings against the Jays and Reds. Unfortunately, with his 82.8 mph average fastball, such success has been short lived whenever he has managed to find it this season. His career-worst ERA is now up to 5.37.
Weaver pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned), five hits and three walks while striking out four Blue Jays in Thursday's win. Entering the game, Weaver was 0-3 with a 7.29 ERA through four starts this month, but he somehow mustered a strong performance to down the potent Blue Jays lineup. The veteran's five hits allowed were the fewest he's given up since June 19, and the third fewest Weaver's allowed in any of his 25 starts this season. Despite the impressive performance, the 33-year-old continues to be hit-or-miss when it comes to his fantasy production, making him a poor option in most formats.