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Weaver was expected to remain in the starting rotation despite giving up nearly a run per inning in his four starts for the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals. Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in early July, Weaver is 1-2 with an 8.68 ERA for his new team. He gave up seven runs in 3 1-3 innings Wednesday night in a 16-8 loss to Philadelphia.
Weaver was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday, who recalled his brother Jered to replace him on the roster. Jeff was 3-10 with a 6.29 ERA in 16 games this season and opponents were hitting .309 against him. Jered was 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four starts before being sent back to the minors on June 17.
Weaver and Los Angeles failed to reach an agreement before the Jan. 8 free-agent deadline. The right-handed pitcher led the Dodgers with a career-high 14 wins last season and posted a 4.22 ERA, striking out a career-high 157 batters in 224 innings.
Weaver did it all in the Dodgers' 8-3 win over Colorado on Tuesday. He threw eight strong innings, giving up just two earned runs and six hits while striking out five to earn his team-leading 12th win. The righthander contributed at the plate as well, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Weaver won his third consecutive decision, allowing one run on five hits over eight innings in Sunday's victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Dodgers' righthander, who struck out four and walked none in the contest, improved to 10-8 on the season and lowered his ERA to 4.34.
After seeing his ERA jump to 5.97 following a loss to the Giants on May 24, Weaver has been turning in solid outings on a consistent basis. Although he hasn't received much run support from the Dodgers' offense, the righthander has gone 3-4 with a 2.71 ERA over his last 10 starts, holding opposing hitters to a .204 average during that stretch.
Weaver bounced back from a rough outing against the Giants earlier in the week to notch the fourth shutout of his major league career in Sunday's victory over San Diego. The Dodgers' righthander silenced the Padres' bats, scattering five hits over nine scoreless innings, while striking out seven and walking just one. With the performance, Weaver improved to 2-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.60.
Weaver, who's never been the most consistent pitcher, tossed eight shutout innings in his season debut, but was shelled for eight runs against San Francisco on Tuesday. Expect a bad outing occasionally, but overall, Weaver should be a solid fantasy option this season, especially playing in pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium.
After scattering five hits over eight shutout innings in a win over San Francisco last week, Weaver was touched up in a rematch with the Giants on Tuesday, and failed to get out of the fourth inning. The Dodgers' righthander gave up eight earned runs on 11 hits and struck out just one batter. He saw his season ERA balloon to 6.55.
Despite the rough outing, the Dodgers still have high hopes for Weaver in 2005. Expect him to get back on track over his next couple of starts. Weaver got off to a slow start in his first season with the Dodgers last year, but turned things around in July and August. Overall, he went 13-13 with a 4.01 ERA in 34 starts.
Weaver didn't overpower the Giants' hitters, but he definitely held them in check in Thursday's 6-0 win in San Francisco. Making his first start of the regular season, the Dodgers' righthander scattered just five hits over eight shutout innings, striking out two and walking one. In addition to his domination on the mound, Weaver added an RBI single at the plate.
Weaver got off to a slow start in his first season with the Dodgers last year, but turned things around in July and August. Overall, he went 13-13 with a 4.01 ERA in 34 starts. According to manager Jim Tracy, Weaver is pitching at a higher level than he did in 2004.