It was not the ideal start to the season that the Los Angeles Angels had envisioned for their ace Jered Weaver, but a lot has changed for the 31-year-old right-hander after stumbling out of the gate losing two of his first three outings of the year. It has been a different tune for Weaver in his last five starts as he has collected four straight wins with a 1.44 ERA and 23 strikeouts, and he has not allowed more than two runs in a single outing.
These numbers show the type of pitcher that both the Angels and Weaver had expected from the get-go. He has improved after every start, and it is no coincidence that the team has been playing better baseball. The eight-year veteran plays an important part of the team’s success as he is the leader of the Halos’ starting pitching staff.
If Weaver can continue to pitch the way he has over the last month to go along with the Angels’ offense sustaining its high level of production despite injuries to David Freese, Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun, there is no doubt that the team can rack up more wins with the three-time All-Star on the bump.
Los Angeles appears to be hitting their stride as they have won five out of their last six games with starters factoring in the decision in four of the victories. Yes, Weaver will have to lead by example, but it will have to be a collective effort by the rest of the starting rotation.
The Halos will need their young pitchers like Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs to continue step up in order for the team to remain in the thick of the AL West division race. Ultimately, this all goes back to Weaver setting the table for the Angels as he is their ace, and with that comes the responsibility to lead. If he continues to pitch effectively on the mound, there is no telling how far he can take the Halos.