This season obviously has not gone the way that anyone associated with the Los Angeles Angels would have liked, but there are still some reasons to be positive in Anaheim. One of those reasons is Jered Weaver, who has returned to form as the ace of this Halos club.
The rotation for the Angels has seen a bit of a turnaround of late, thanks to the pitching of the likes of Weaver and C.J. Wilson. Weaver, in particular, has been very strong of late. His numbers on the season are good, though they’re not where they’ve been in previous years.
Nonetheless, it’s been a very good second half overall, although his overall numbers in the month of August weren’t exactly anything to write home about. Weaver’s August featured an ERA over four, though his peripherals for the month did look pretty decent. The issue was the fact that he surrendered more hits in August than any other month, as well as an outing in which he surrendered nine earned runs.
If the trends from this season are any indication, then September should be a good one for Weaver. Strangely enough, Weaver has struggled in even numbered months. His ERA and FIP have both been at least four in any month that has been an even number.
Odd numbers, including a month of May in which he only tossed six innings, have been much more favorable. In July, though, he pitched to a 1.32 ERA and was absolutely dominant. Could this be a trend heading into September? Perhaps, but at the same time, this is also something that could be completely meaningless.
Which is almost certainly the case. Weaver has found his old form recently, enduring only one poor start in August that saw his ERA balloon up. Other than that, he’s been every bit the Cy Young caliber pitcher that we have all come to know him to be.
That’s the most important thing. Odd and even numbered months aside, Weaver should be able to finish strong, and build some momentum as a Cy Young contender once again heading into the 2014 season.