September 13, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (36) pitches in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Petitioning for a Jered Weaver Off Day Every Two Months


Wait? What? I can’t possibly be serious right? A ha, but indeed I am.

Weaver started the year off in typical Jered Weaver fashion. Winning some games, and taking no decisions in the others. When Weaver went down with his back injury on May 28 he was 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA. Elite pitcher territory, but not the Cy Young territory he would vault himself into after going on the stretch he went on after returning from injury.

Post injury, Weaver was unbeatable. Over his first next nine starts he went 9-0, giving up more than two runs only once while holding opponents scoreless four times during that stretch. Putting him at 15-1 with a 2.13 ERA for the season at that point. CY Young anyone?

Nine Game Stretch of Awesome

Rk Gcar Gtm Date Tm Opp Rslt Dec IP H R ER BB SO ERA
12 189 70 Jun 20 LAA SFG W,6-0 W(7-1) 6.0 2 0 0 2 3 2.40
13 190 75 Jun 27 LAA @ BAL W,13-1 W(8-1) 6.2 6 1 1 1 6 2.31
14 191 80 Jul 2 LAA @ CLE W,3-0 W(9-1) 7.0 5 0 0 3 2 2.13
15 192 85 Jul 7 LAA BAL W,3-0 W(10-1) 8.0 3 0 0 1 5 1.96
16 193 89 Jul 15 LAA @ NYY W,10-8 W(11-1) 7.0 10 5 5 1 4 2.26
17 194 94 Jul 20 LAA TEX W,6-1 W(12-1) 7.0 6 1 1 1 4 2.20
18 195 99 Jul 25 LAA KCR W,11-6 W(13-1) 5.0 3 2 2 2 8 2.26
19 196 104 Jul 31 LAA @ TEX W,6-2 W(14-1) 6.1 5 2 2 1 3 2.29
20 197 110 Aug 6 LAA @ OAK W,4-0 W(15-1) 9.0 4 0 0 0 9 2.13
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Generated 9/14/2012.

Starting August 12, almost two months after returning from the DL, he started a five game stretch where he went 2-2 and watched his ERA jump to 2.86 (NOT 2.86! Hold on, lemme finish). His ERA for that stretch alone was 4.91.

Five Game Stretch of Not so Awesome

Rk Gcar Gtm Date Tm Opp Rslt Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA
21 198 115 Aug 12 LAA SEA L,1-4 L(15-2) 5 7.0 4 3 3 3 5 2 0 2.22
22 199 120 Aug 17 LAA TBR L,3-12 L(15-3) 4 3.0 8 9 9 2 2 2 0 2.74
23 200 124 Aug 22 LAA BOS W,7-3 W(16-3) 4 7.0 7 2 2 1 5 0 0 2.74
24 201 129 Aug 28 LAA BOS W,6-5 5 7.0 7 5 4 1 5 1 0 2.85
25 202 134 Sep 2 LAA SEA L,1-2 L(16-4) 4 5.1 8 2 2 4 3 2 0 2.86
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/14/2012.

Barring a stretch of unmatched dominance over the next two weeks, that five game stretch has all but dashed the CY Young hopes for Jered. A seven inning scoreless start with nine strikeouts is a good way to kick off that stretch though.

We need Weaver (The good Weaver) if we want to play deep into October. And if shutting him down once every couple of months for a start is necessary to keep him strong for the stretch run, then it absolutely should be done. Especially since this is not the first time he has dealt with Biceps Tendinitis. The same tendinitis that forced him to miss his first couple of starts in 2008, and is something he has said that he deals with almost every year (probably explains his career August OPS+ against of 119).

A strong Jered Weaver, is a dominant Jered Weaver. He showed that last night, and hopefully shows that into November.

Weird coincidence that I’m going to take as a sign note: Jered’s first start after coming off the DL, the Angels won 6-0. Last night, the Angels won 6-0. The fact that I am totally irrational has nothing to do with the fact that I am taking this as a sign.

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  • John

    Bad ass ! Good job Michael