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Workload not to blame for Weaver's struggles

Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:14 pm
WeaverBy Evan Brunell

Jered Weaver has been putting together a sublime season, fronting a three-deep rotation that has edged the Angels to within spitting distance of Texas for the AL West division title.

It's come at a cost, as Weaver ranks second behind Detroit's Justin Verlander in the majors with 3,298 pitches and ranking fifth overall with 206 1/3 innings. So when looking at Weaver's last two starts, comprised of 15 earned runs over 11 innings (plus a 4 2/3-inning, eight-run debacle on Aug. 13), it's easy to point to workload as the issue.

But it's not, insists skipper Mike Scioscia to the Los Angeles Times.

"He wasn't as crisp and his fastball command was off, but he has enough gas in his tank to finish the season strong," Scioscia said, referring to his latest start against the Twins, giving up six runs in five innings. "In talking with him, his arm feels good. Sometimes you're going to be out of sorts."

When looking at Weaver's history of innings pitched, the idea that he's suffering a big workload doesn't make sense. He threw a career-high 224 1/3 innings last year, and that came off a 2009 tally of 211 innings -- plus 13 2/3 additional innings in the playoffs.

"I felt great," Weaver said. "I just didn't have my sharp stuff, and they were able to hit mistakes."

Weaver's hiccup will prevent him from mounting a serious challenge to Verlander for the Cy Young Award, but a 2.49 ERA through 29 starts with a 16-7 record will still be good enough as a career-best season to date for the righty.

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Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:06 pm

Workload not to blame for Weaver's struggles

2 starts isn't a good enough gage to tell anything about a pitcher being off.  If Verlander had 2 bad outings would anybody say it is because he is over worked or because he had an off day.  Let me back off a minute and say that I shouldn't even put Weaver and Verlander in the same bad...but I believe that Scioscia is right

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