He’s a Dream Weaver: Jered Weaver Update #4
After a great start to his season posting a 3.91 ERA after four starts Jered Weaver has fallen on hard times in his last 3 starts Weaver has lasted only 12.2 innings & his ERA was 12.08. There has even been talk of him losing his spot.
With Jered Weaver needing a good start to gain back some confidence for both himself and the Padres. Unfortunately Weaver did not pitch well and now there has been serious questions raised on whether he should remain in the rotation for the Padres.
In the first inning the Rangers got to Weaver right away as Norman Mazara hit a two-run double to right field which was followed by a three-run homer to right center to make the score 5-0 before Padre fans could even get their seats warm.
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Weaver got through the second inning unscathed as he retired the Rangers in order. However, in the third inning Weaver again got touched for a long-ball off the bat of the Rangers Joey Gallo a two-run shot that made it 7-0 Rangers. For Weaver it was his 14th homer he has given up this season in seven starts. Weaver currently sits at 0-4 with a 6.81 ERA, giving up 27 runs in 35.2 innings.
The Padres have not said anything about Weaver being removed from the starting rotation, but according to many media outlets in the San Diego area Weaver’s next start Sunday against the Chicago White Sox could be his last if he cannot turn it around.
Padres Chairman Ron Fowler spoke on the Dan Sileo Show, which is a Padres radio show and said, “We’ve had several performances from Jered that have been not very good and Jered owns them,” Fowler said. “He’s very matter of fact in his quotes, he let his team down and is disappointed in his performance. Are we (Padres) going to let this continue? I think it is a short leash. We are going to have make some decisions. We are hoping their is something left, but the last several performances don’t give us much cause to be positive.”
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Padres announcer Darren Smith interviewed Padres manager Andy Green about Weaver’s status in the starting the rotation. “You have to pitch well if you’re going to continue to pitch at the Major League level,” Green said. “If you don’t pitch well on a consistent basis then at some point in time your opportunities are curtailed or end all together.”
So what does Jered say about his most recent appearances. In an interview with Dennis Lin of the San Diego Times Tribune Weaver said, “Nobody take it harder than me. It’s frustrating not being able to throw the ball the way I want to. I know it’s right around the corner. I can feel it. I’m going to keep going out there and grinding. I’m going to figure this thing out.”
Weaver has always been a competitor since he burst on the scene for the Angels in 2006, but this may be the end of the road for Weaver. Angels fans, myself included are hoping Weaver can turn it around and do well in his new home for the San Diego Padres. However as each bad start snowballs together, Weaver window of opportunity keeps getting smaller.
If this is truly the end for Weaver it is a sad ending making me wish that he had just given it up and retired as an Angel, but as I have learned from watching and covering Weaver these past two seasons ‘Give Up’ is not in Weaver’s DNA. He will keep fighting until the end which I definitely admire.
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Weaver is one of the most fierce competitors I have ever seen and I really hope this is not his swan song. We will see what happens tomorrow. Good luck Jered we will be rooting for you.