Is Los Angeles Angels Jered Weaver a fading star?
By David Rice
Los Angeles Angels veteran Jered Weaver has been a mainstay in the Angels rotation since joining it for good in the middle of 2006, but times they are a changing. Father Time has caught up with Weaver and doesn’t want to let go.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver used to be the most feared pitcher on the Angels staff. Not only did Weaver throw hard, but he had the ability to place his pitches exactly where he wanted them. Now not so much.
Jered Weaver is struggling to keep his spot in the rotation with a 4-4 record with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP are hardly Weaver-like whatsoever. His fastball velocity is down from 92 miles per hour to the mid-80’s and finally his command is not like it used to be either.
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Weaver still has had moments of brilliance like his opening week performance shutting down Texas to only one run in six innings. Or last week against Baltimore where Weaver took a shutout into the seventh and gave up a two-out two-run homer but still finished with seven innings of work.
The Los Angeles Angels are hoping for Weaver to be solid this year especially since they are paying him 18 million dollars in the final year of his contract and is being paid 18 million dollars this season. Weaver’s experience and clubhouse presence are two intangibles that are invaluable to any team.
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Weaver will continue to battle as he always has. Weaver is one of the most fierce competitors I have ever met. For the Los Angeles Angels all they can hope is that Weaver can be decently effective for the rest of the season and maybe win 10-12 games finishing with a 4.50 or below ERA.
That is not much to ask is it? If you ask Weaver he wants to win the Cy Young Award and win 20 games. Somewhere in between is where Weaver will probably end up. This much is for sure Weaver will never give up or stop trying to give his best.
Jered Weaver is still a force to be reckoned with and will continue to take the ball every fifth day and give it his best. Heart is something Weaver will always have and hopefully for the Angels that heart will carry him.
No matter what happens his Halo will shine bright in Anaheim as he has earned the respect and admiration of the fans forever.