Weaver allowed two hits over two scoreless innings in Wednesday's spring start against the Indians.
Weaver got off to a rocky start, permitting singles to the first two batters, but he got a double-play grounder and retired the final five batters faced. The right-hander's bid for a bounce-back season got off to a promising start, but bigger challenges are down the road when he extends his innings and faces orders a second or third time. That was an issue for him in 2020 when he had a 6.58 ERA and 1.56 WHIP over 12 starts.
Weaver has focused on consistency of mechanics and reclaiming the slider he lost last season, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. "It's a monumental pitch," Weaver said. "In 2019, I had that. I had that consistently. I felt confident throwing that for strikes. For me, it was just easier to pitch. It opens up the fastball/changeup."
In 2019, Weaver carved up lineups with four pitches and posted a 2.94 ERA over 12 starts in a season shortened by arm problems. His career took a sideways turn in 2020, when the ERA ballooned to 6.58, and the righty was reduced to throwing fastballs and changeups. Weaver is expected to take up a spot in the rotation in 2021.
Weaver signed a one-year, $1.95 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday to avoid arbitration, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
The 27-year-old had a 6.58 ERA and 1-9 record to lead MLB in losses last season, but he's now officially under contract for 2021. Weaver should have a tentative spot in the rotation to start spring training, but Arizona hope he can return to the form that delivered a 2.94 ERA in 2019.
Weaver (1-9) allowed five runs (four earned) over five innings and took the loss against Colorado on Saturday. He gave up seven runs and struck out six.
Weaver picked up an MLB-high ninth loss in a forgettable season for the right-hander. There were some good starts among Weaver's 12 outings, and he didn't miss a start after the arm troubles that dogged him in 2019. However, there was a lot of "frustration," he told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The two pitches that made Weaver so effective before his season was shut down last season -- the cutter and the curveball -- were nearly absent Saturday, as they were most of the season. "Bluntly, those pitches have to be thrown," Weaver said. "It's an advantage to me, just like any other pitcher who can land three to four pitches through the course of a game." That will be a focus for the 27-year-old during the offseason.
Weaver (1-8) allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five across 5.1 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Astros.
Weaver pitched well through five innings, allowing only one run on one hit and a walk. However, he was battered around when he took the mound in the sixth inning, allowing hits to four of the five batters he faced. Weaver now owns a 6.51 ERA and 49:18 K:BB across 47 frames this season. He's in line to take his final turn through the rotation next Saturday against Colorado.
Weaver (1-7) took the loss Sunday against the Mariners, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks across five innings. He struck out three.
After allowing single runs in the first and second, Weaver settled in to finish his outing with three scoreless frames. Unfortunately for the right-hander, the Arizona offense struggled to give him much run support as he took his seventh loss. Weaver has dropped each of his last four decisions and now has a 6.70 ERA on the season. He will look to pick up his first win since Aug. 18 when he takes the hill Friday in Houston.
Weaver allowed two runs on five hits and four walks over four-plus innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Weaver couldn't consistently locate, which led to traffic on the bases and 86 pitches to get 12 outs. Despite the activity, he limited the Dodgers to one run over the first four innings before leaving in the fifth after the first batter he faced singled. The outing lowered Weaver's ERA to 7.12 as he prepares for a start next Tuesday on the road against the Angels.
Weaver (1-6) was charged with the loss at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five across 5.1 innings.
The Dodgers' lineup got to Weaver early, jumping out to a 2-0 first-inning lead thanks to a trio of singles. Those would be the last runs of the night charged to Weaver, though unfortunately, he was strapped with his sixth loss of the season after Arizona failed to provide enough run support. The 27-year-old now holds a disappointing 7.44 ERA and 1.59 WHIP on the season and is slated for a Tuesday rematch against the Dodgers in Arizona.
Weaver (1-5) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six over three innings in a loss to the Giants on Saturday.
Four of the eight hits Weaver gave up were doubles, allowing the Giants to slug their way around his pitching. The 27-year-old has an unsightly 8.23 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 27.1 innings across seven starts this season. Weaver will try to get back on track next Saturday in his third straight game versus the Giants.
Weaver (1-4) allowed two runs on a walk and five hits over 5.2 innings Sunday, striking out five and taking the loss against San Francisco.
For most of the afternoon, Weaver was on his game. He kept the Giants scoreless through four innings before surrendering an RBI double to Evan Longoria in the fifth and a solo shot to Mike Yastrzemski in the sixth. The right-hander lowered his season ERA to 7.77 to go along with a 28:9 K:BB. Weaver will face the Giants again, this time at home, Friday.
Weaver (1-3) allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk while striking out six across five innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Athletics.
After four consecutive poor outings to begin the season, Weaver came through to deliver a strong performance. He allowed only one extra-base hit and did not surrender a home run for the first time in a start this season. Underlying numbers didn't necessarily support the turnaround -- he had only nine swinging strikes on 87 total pitches and began nine of the 19 batters he faced with a strike -- but it was nevertheless a positive development. He now has a 9.16 ERA across 18.2 innings, though he has a 23:8 K:BB. Weaver will look to stay on track in his next outing, currently projected to come Sunday at San Francisco.
Weaver allowed four runs on six hits and one walk over 3.1 innings during Wednesday's win over the Rockies. He had three strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision.
The 27-year-old gave up only one run through the first three frames, but his afternoon ended during the fourth inning as he was pegged for three more runs. Weaver has an 11.85 ERA and 2.12 WHIP through 13.2 innings (four starts), and he lines up to pitch against the A's early next week, assuming he retains his spot in the rotation.
The decision to pull Weaver after three innings and 43 pitches in Friday's game against the Padres was planned, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Seeing the results of Weaver's first two starts provides a reason why manager Torey Lovullo planned to limit the right-hander. In each of the first two outings, Weaver had significant issues in the fourth inning when he faced orders a second time through. The Diamondbacks are looking to turn around a 5-9 start, and in a 60-game season, every game takes on greater import. "This is a game of performance," Lovullo said. "We're evaluating everybody, and we're probably a little bit more aggressive making decisions. This is where it took us today. We weren't winning baseball games, and we were trying to give ourselves the best chance to maneuver, flip a lineup and win a baseball game." Lovullo added that there are no plans to convert Weaver into an opener.
Weaver (0-3) was tagged with the loss Friday against the Padres. He allowed two runs on two hits -- both home runs -- and one walk while fanning three across three innings.
Weaver gave up solo homers to Fernando Tatis and Jake Cronenworth in the first two innings, and that would be enough to earn his third loss of the season in equal number of starts. The veteran now has a 12.19 ERA in 2020 and will attempt to bounce back in his next scheduled start, set for Aug. 12 on the road against the Rockies.
Weaver (0-2) allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.
It was a similar stat line to the one Weaver posted versus the Padres in his season debut (3.1 innings, six runs, six whiffs). Weaver was responsible for two of the Dodgers' four homers Saturday -- he's now allowed three long balls in his two starts. The right-hander will need to limit hits of all kinds if he wants to pitch deeper into games. His next turn on the mound comes Friday in San Diego.
Weaver (0-1) gave up six earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six in 3.1 innings Monday against the Padres. He took the loss.
He needed 79 pitches (49 strikes) and couldn't even get out of the fourth inning. There are some positives to take away: he is basically fully built up and had the swing-and-miss stuff working. However, Weaver will need to be more efficient with his pitches in a tough home start against the Dodgers on Saturday.
Weaver pitched three simulated innings against live batters Tuesday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Weaver approached the 50-pitch mark during his session, completing the first turn through the rotation of Arizona starters in summer camp. Manager Torey Lovullo is pleased with the performances thus far. Weaver projects as the No. 4 starter.
Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said the team will be "cognizant" of Weaver's workload early in the season, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Weaver was limited to 64.1 innings in the majors last season due to forearm tightness and has never logged more than 140.1 in any season during his professional career. "We want to see his career thrive, not just his 2020 thrive," Hazen said. "So we're going to be mindful of it." That means Weaver's pitch counts could be restricted early in the season, and Hazen mentioned inserting a sixth starter as well as building in extra rest. The general manager added that the club has no plans to shut Weaver down due to an artificial innings limit.
Weaver allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out three over 1.1 innings in Tuesday's spring game against the Royals.
Weaver labored through a 31-pitch first inning and was then pulled after striking out the first batter of the second inning. He finished with just 38 pitches, five more than his spring debut, during which he lasted just two-thirds of an inning. That's two rough first innings in a row for the right-hander, who reported to camp healthy after missing four months in 2018 due to a forearm strain. He's allowed six runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five over two spring innings.
Weaver allowed four runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's spring game against Oakland.
Weaver, who missed nearly four months in 2019 with a forearm strain, made his spring debut Wednesday. Both he and manager Torey Lovullo accentuated the positive despite the results. "The ball was coming out good; I think I saw some good velocity numbers out of the fastball," Weaver, who topped out in the mid-90s, told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Repblic. "Threw some good cutters. Threw some good changeups. Some swing and miss for some strikeouts against a couple of really good hitters." The right-hander's command was not pinpoint, but he got his normal workload in, throwing 33 pitches before departing. Ugly spring outings happen; the process is more important than results in February.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/26||vs COL||L 3-10||1||5.0||7||4||0||6|
|09/19||@ HOU||L 2-3||1||5.1||5||3||1||5|
|09/13||vs SEA||L 3-7||1||5.0||4||2||3||3|
|09/08||vs LAD||L 9-10||4.0||5||2||4||2|
|09/03||@ LAD||L 1-5||1||5.1||4||2||0||5|
|08/29||vs SF||L 2-5||1||3.0||8||4||1||6|
|08/23||@ SF||L 1-6||1||5.2||5||2||1||5|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||3.1||2||2||0||0||1||0||3||4||11||23.23||4.839|
|2015||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||105.1||19||19||0||8||5||0||88||19||98||1.63||1.113|