By Gregory Bird, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer -
During Spring Training this year and during Jered Weaver’s first start against Cincinnati there has been some concern about the ability of our Ace to continue being one. Can he survive his diminishing velocity on his fastball as he ages? The basic fear is ‘will we still have an ace that can strike people out or not? Or without Weaver pitching like an ace will we be able to win the World Series this year?’ There are some real concerns here but I suspect we have nothing to fear because Weaver has continued to evolve as pitcher learning other tools to succeed on the mound.
Over the past three years Weaver has been the unquestioned number 1 in the Angels’ rotation. 2011 was Weaver’s best year by ERA+. ERA+ is a stat that our front office really likes. It takes a pitcher's ERA, adjusts it for park factors, and compares it to the league average. He had a 156 ERA+ in 2011 and anything over a 100 (league average) is good.
2010 was Weav...