Jered Weaver suffered through not one, but two notable dips in fastball velocity last season, and his results suffered. His fastball hovered in the 84 mph to 86 mph range over the first three months of the season, before he spent more than a month on the disabled list with left hip inflammation. When Weaver returned, his average fell into the 82 mph to 84 mph range. Though his swing-and-miss and strikeout rates rebounded after his DL stay, the improvement didn't show in Weaver's 4.48 ERA over his last 11 starts. His days as a mixed-league pitcher appear to be all but over. He's fine for AL-only leagues, but it would have to be a very deep mixed league to consider him on Draft Day.
Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver didn't factor into the decision in Friday's win over the Rangers, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out two over six innings. Both of the hits Weaver surrendered were extra-base knocks off of the bat of Shin-Soo Choo, a fourth-inning blast serving as the fifth homer Weaver has given up this month. That's been Weaver's problem this season, when he's hit, he tends to get hit hard. The .460 slugging percentage batters have against him would rank sixth worst among starters if Weaver pitched enough innings to qualify. More disturbingly, Weaver has begun dishing out more and more free passes. After notching a 1.4 BB/9 ratio in his first 19 outings, Weaver has more than doubled his rate to 3.43 K/9 in his last seven starts. High walk rates and a penchant for allowing extra-base hits tend not to mix well together.
Angels pitcher Jered Weaver exited Sunday's game against the Mariners with shoulder tightness, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Weaver threw five strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out three. At this point, it's unclear whether the shoulder ailment puts Weaver's next start in jeopardy, but at this point he should be considered day to day. Fernando Salas earned the win for the Angles, improving his record to 5-2 on the season.
Angels starter Jered Weaver fell to 7-12 as he allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Weaver continues to have the worst season of his career. His ERA is up to 4.86, just the second time in 10 seasons he has posted an ERA over 4.00. He will finish under .500 for the first time in those 10 years. His nine-year streak of posting an ERA+ over 100 is over as well. At 33, Weaver is already old for a starting pitcher, and chances are he'll have to find a way to get his average fastball over 85 MPH if he's going to be a successful starting pitcher again.
Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (7-11) picked up the loss after getting ejected Wednesday, as he allowed three runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners. Weaver was ejected for hitting Kyle Seager and he probably hurt his feelings more than anything, as it was an 83 MPH fastball. The righty had already thrown 78 pitches up to that point, so it's very possible he only had one more inning left in him anyway. A pitcher with such minimal velocity should not thrive off flyballs the way Weaver does, but that was the case here as he induced just one groundball. Weaver has induced more flyballs than groundballs in his last five outings and that's not a good sign going forward. His next scheduled start is Monday against the Astros, but that's up in the air as a suspension is possible after the beaning.
Angels pitcher Jered Weaver was ejected from Wednesday's game in the fifth inning for hitting Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Apparently, Weaver was upset that Seager called for time before he threw a pitch, and after some jawing back and forth between the two, Weaver plunked him. The right-hander was promptly ejected without warning. Prior to being ejected, Weaver gave up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings. It's uncertain if this incident will draw further discipline.