Well in our last update Jered Weaver had been called out by the chairman of the Padres Ron Fowler saying that Weave was ‘On a Short Leash’. Fowler was insinuating that Weaver’s days with the Padres or at least in the rotation may be numbered.
With this all being said last Sunday’s start against the White Sox was a make or break situation. Jered Weaver responded like the true champion he is pitching his best game of the season going six innings giving up five hits and only one run with two walks and three strikeouts. The key number here was 0 in the home runs column. It was the first time this season that Weaver has not given up a home run all season when he has pitched.
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Weaver started off shaky loading the bases before retiring a batter. However, he bounced back to get Avisail Garcia to ground into a double play which scored Leury Garcia, but he then retired Todd Fraizer on a ground out which helped him escape the first inning without anymore damage.
From there Weaver was able to shut down the White Sox thanks to his defense who turned two double plays behind him. In the fifth inning Weaver showed signs of cracking walking two White Sox hitters in a row after getting Tyler Saldino to fly out to begin the inning. However Weaver retired the next two White Sox hitters to escape any trouble.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Weaver finished with a flourish striking out Jose Abreu to begin the inning and Matt Davidson to end the inning. In the top of the seventh the Padres broke through with a three=run homer by Hunter Renfroe and Weaver exited the game with the lead for the first time all season.
Unfortunately for Weaver the Padres bullpen gave up eight runs in the eighth denying Weaver his first victory as a Padre as they fell 9-3 to the White Sox. For the moment Weaver’s job was safe. But it was a different story in his second start of the week.
Jered Weaver couldn’t repeat his strong performance, job in major jeopardy.
Jered Weaver has some momentum going into yesterday’s start against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Unfortunately that momentum was short-lived, very short-lived. Weaver’s last start against the Diamondbacks on April 27th was not his best as he left after 5.2 innings having given up five runs on six hits in a 6-2 loss at Arizona.
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If Padres thought that was bad, Friday night was a total disaster for Weaver. Weaver only retired two batters in two-thirds of an inning allowing seven runs on five hits with two walks. Weaver allowed home runs to Jake Lamb and Brandon Drury and left with a runner on first, pitcher Tajuan Walker who singled to knock out Weaver. Walker would come around to score after Weaver exited bringing the score to 7-0.
It was one of Weaver’s shortest outings of his career and he left to a smattering of boos at Petco Park from frustrated Padres fans. So the question is what will be the next step for the Padres and Weaver?
Will Weaver’s promising outing last Sunday be enough to keep him in the rotation or will his 0-5 record and 7.44 ERA be too much for the Padres to take? The other question will be if the Padres do make a move will it be to send Weaver to the minors, demote him to the bullpen, or outright release him. The next few days will be interesting to see how this plays out.
It is a sad state of affairs for a pitcher was once one of the most dominate pitchers in the American League. We will keep you updated to whatever situation develops for Weaver.