When 2016 ended the LA Angels said good-bye to Jered Weaver. Weaver was one of the team’s most popular players for his 11 years in Anaheim. I have decided to do a weekly update on how Weaver is doing for the Padres. Enjoy!
Jered Weaver was roughed up a bit in his inaugural start for the San Diego Padres as he faced the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game Weaver gave not one, but two 2-run home runs to the Dodgers bad boy Yasiel Puig and left the game after five innings trailing 4-2. The Padres eventually lost the game 10-2.
So how would Weaver bounce back in his second start of the season in the thin air of Colorado as he faced the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
San Diego Padres Jered Weaver (0-1 , 7.20 ERA WHIP 1.60)
At Colorado Rockies Antonio Senzatela (0-0, 0.00 ERA, WHIP 0.60)
Jered Weaver started strong versus the Rockies retiring the side in order in the first and second inning striking out the Rockies Mark Reynolds to end the second. The Padres staked Weaver to a 1-0 lead on a lead-off homer by Manuel Margot in the first inning.
In the third inning Weaver grounded out to second in his first at-bat of the game and went into the bottom of the third still leading 1-0. In the bottom of the third Weaver gave up his first hit of the game on a double by Tony Wolters, but he escaped the inning unscathed thanks to two more strikeouts.
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In the bottom of the fourth Weaver gave up his first run on a solo homer by Carlos Gonzalez to tie the game at one, but he limited the damage by retiring the other three Rockies hitters.
On to the bottom of the fifth inning Weaver again pitched well retiring the side in order for the third time in five innings including picking up his fourth strikeout getting Cristhian Adames to swing and miss on a 2-2 pitch.
The Padres gave Weaver the lead again in the top of the sixth by scoring a run on a Wil Myers sacrifice fly to take a 2-1 lead. Weaver did strike out in his second at-bat leading off the inning,
Unfortunately Weaver was touched again by his Achilles Heel, the long ball, as Charlie Blackmon hit a one-out homer to dead center to again tie the game at 2. Weaver finished off the sixth with two more ground outs and his day was complete.
For the game Weaver made 74 pitches with 53 strikes and 21 balls. He did not walk anyone and struck out five batters while allowing three hits and two earned runs. Weaver lowered his season ERA to 4.91 and his WHIP to 1.27. His record will remain 0-1 until his next start which is scheduled to be this Sunday in Atlanta.
Weaver was in control throughout the game only getting touched for three hits, but unfortunately they were home runs. Unfortunately Weaver did not get a lot of offensive support or else he might have had a better fate on Tuesday.
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Despite all this Weaver pitched very well and had good control (0 walks) and remember he was pitching in Coors Field which adds to the likelihood of Weaver giving up the long ball which he limited to two. Rating: B+
Look for another Weaver update in a week.