Jered Weaver set a career high yesterday by striking out 15 batters in 7 2/3 innings. Here's where he was putting his pitches versus the Jays:
It helped that Jered only had to face 6 left-handed batters all game. He was able to hit that outside edge against them and yielded one hit, an infield single to Travis Snider.
Coming into the game, batters made contact on 76.2 percent of Weaver's pitches. Yesterday, the Blue Jays only made contact on 51.9 percent. He had them off balance all game, recording 6 strike outs on fastballs, 6 on sliders, 2 on curveballs, and 1 on a changeup.
Weaver's off-speed pitches were filthy yesteday. Jays' hitters posted a miniscule 20.0 percent contact rate on the 35 sliders thrown by Jered, compared to the 71.2 percent contact rate batters have produced on his slider since 2008.
PitchFX data indicates that since 2008, Weaver's slider tends to cross the plate with 16.8 feet per second of downward velocity. Yesterday, it averaged 17.4 ft/s of downward movement. He also had a BrkZ average of .9 on his slider entering the game. Against the Jays yesterday it came in at -.4. He was simply getting much more movement on the pitch, resulting in a lot of whiffs from opposing batters.