Los Angeles Angels Need Jered Weaver to Return to Dominance

By Bob Garcia IV
Jered Weaver
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For any team to be successful in the MLB, it starts with pitching and so far for the Los Angeles Angels‘ pitching staff has not been a reliable aspect of the team.

One player who has stood out in the Halos’ pitching struggles has been Jered Weaver.

The 31-year-old, entering Wednesday’s start, had a 1-2 record with a 4.74 ERA, five home runs allowed and 11 walks through four outings this season. Those types of numbers do not scream out what an ace of a team’s pitching staff should be. That is especially true coming from a pitcher who has posted double digit wins and an ERA below 3.30 in the last four years.

It shows that Weaver may not be the pitcher he once was.

With that said, the eight-year veteran may be past his struggles as he has allowed just one run in six innings pitched in his last two starts. This is certainly a positive sign for Los Angeles as it has won five out of its last seven games prior to Wednesday’s game. His turnaround on the mound is much needed as the team ranks 22nd in the league in ERA and 21st in quality starts.

The importance of the three-time All-Star on the mound cannot be understated as the Angles play in a division with the likes of the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers, who are both out to fast starts this season. If Los Angeles hopes to compete for a division title or even a wild card spot, it will come down to its pitching staff as it was stated from the onset; pitching wins games and ultimately championships.

Bob Garcia IV is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him  on Twitter @Bgarcia90. “Like” him on Facebook or add  him to your network on Google.

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