A Look Back At 2012: Jered Weaver

By Jason Evans

Next up on the look back at 2012 is Jered Weaver.  If anyone had any doubts about Weaver being one of the ace pitchers in the game, he put those doubts to rest this year. Weaver won 20 games for the first time in his career. He also made his third straight all star team. He led the AL in wins, winning percentage, WHIP and hits per nine innings. He has a very good chance at winning his first career Cy Young Award.

May 2, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels pitcher

Jered Weaver

(36) celebrates with pitching coach Mike Butcher after throwing a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium. The Angels defeated the Twins, 9-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Weaver joined Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers to ever win 10 or more games and have an ERA below 2 before the all-star break. What’s remarkable about that is he missed almost a month with back injury from May 28-June 20. He didn’t lose a start from May 13 until August 12.2012 Game Of The Year: Obviously whenever you pitch a no-hitter you got to pick that game. Weaver did that May 2nd against the Minnesota Twins. Weaver only walked one and struck out nine in the game. He also gave a great interview with MLB Network after the game.  If I had to pick another game, I would go with his shutout of the Oakland A’s in early August in Oakland, pitching a complete game four hitter.

2013 Outlook: Jered Weaver will be on the hill for the Angels when they open the 2013 season. Weaver is signed until 2016 at a pretty team friendly contract considering the market for pitching, so Angel fans can look forward to seeing Weaver for many years to come.