Is Jered Weaver Broken?

Angels, pitching
Many bloggers, fans, etc., have already commented multiple times this season that Jered Weaver is broken.   His velocity is down, again, but is he REALLY broken? Last night, Weaver gave up 5 runs in the first inning but then was pretty flawless (retiring 12 in a row at one point) after that, save for a home run in the 6th inning. In five starts, Weaver is 0-3 with 29.1 IP, 19 ER, 6 HR and only 4 walks.  The 4 walks number looks pretty awesome, but what good is not walking people if you are giving up home runs and hits instead?  Weaver's WHIP is a non-so-ace-like 1.33 and his BAA is higher than most of the Angels offense is hitting at .289. Since 2012, Weaver has lost an average…
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Calling Angel #5

Angels, pitching
Angels pitchers and catchers report tomorrow.  Finally!  It's the start of the 2015 baseball season and I am ready for it.  There certainly are a few question marks in a mostly unchanged Angels lineup, including: Will Josh Hamilton be anywhere NEAR his prediction of a .300/30HR/100 RBI season? (nope) Who will play second base? (more on that soon) Who will win the 5th spot in the Angels rotation? Today, let's look at the third unknown on this list - who will win that 5th rotation spot? The Angels rotation will likely look like: Jered Weaver Garrett Richards CJ Wilson Matt Shoemaker Hector Santiago, Nick Tropeano, or Sean Andrew Heaney Questions about Richards recovery aside (he is doing great so far), and which version of CJ Wilson will we get in…
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Angels Lose an Ace

Angels, pitching
Everyone knows an Ace in your hand makes your odds go up.  An Ace in your hand is more likely to beat a ten.  However, it's not just one card that makes the hand - it takes 5.  In this case it takes 9 (at a given time) on the field to a win a baseball game. If you are like me, you cringed when you saw the Angels Ace go down last night in the second inning.  Seeing Richards lay there on the ground in pain made me a bit sick to my stomach.  Having had a knee injury myself and seeing many around me, I know that even a minor injury takes you out a few week.  Being in that much pain most likely equals an ending to…
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