In a decade defined by injuries for the LA Angels rotation, Jered Weaver stood alone throughout as the runaway choice as the Starter of The 2010’s for the Halos.
Let’s start with the stats LA Angels fans. From 2010-2019, Jered Weaver led the Angels in games started, wins, innings pitched, pitching WAR, complete games, shutouts, and strikeouts. In every cumulative stat that matters for a pitcher’s resume, Weaver led the Angels in it this decade. And he did so with a combined 3.46 ERA, which ranks first amongst all pitchers to have made multiple starts for the Angels this decade.
Jered Weaver also served as a link between two eras of Angels baseball this decade. From the dominant team’s of the 2000’s to the mediocrity of the 2010’s, Weaver was the most consistent piece to don the white and red for both versions of the Angels.
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Speaking of consistency, Weaver gave the Angels just that for the large majority of this decade. He averaged 30 starts a season while the starters surrounding him in the rotation struggled to stay healthy.
Weaver started the decade about as hot as anyone could. From 2010-2012, he had three straight All Star campaigns and finished fifth, second, and third in Cy Young voting each year. Those three years saw Weaver make 97 starts, strike out 573 batters (he led the league with 233 in 2010), and post a cumulative 2.73 ERA. In terms of a player’s “three-year peak”, Weaver’s was about as good as it gets. This stretch of course included his no-hitter in 2012, which was one of the best moments of the decade for Angels fans.
The next two seasons for Weaver were the beginning of the end, but he was still a solid rotational piece for the Angels. Despite his production dropping off, these were some of my favorite Weaver years. His velocity was failing him, dropping into the mid-80’s on his fastball, but he still found ways to remain effective as a starter.
We know how his time in Anaheim ended, but Weaver signified what it means to be an Angel throughout his career. There might not be a more fondly thought of pitcher in recent Angels history than Jered Weaver, and he deserves every bit of praise and appreciation the Angels community gives to him.