Jered Weaver’s fastball averaged 84 mph on Opening Day

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Jered Weaver’s diminishing fastball velocity is nothing new and the Angels right-hander always insists it’s no big deal, but on Opening Day his fastball averaged 84.3 miles per hour. That’s low, even by his standards:

2010: 89.9 mph
2011: 89.1 mph
2012: 87.8 mph
2013: 86.5 mph
2014: 86.3 mph
2015: 84.3 mph

Usually it’s tough to get too concerned about Weaver’s poor velocity because he’s pitching well, posting a 3.75 ERA or lower every season since 2009 with three top-five finishes in the Cy Young voting. However, at some point you’ve got to think he can’t continue to be effective throwing this slowly.

Last year the only two starting pitchers with an average fastball below 85 miles per hour were a knuckleballer (R.A. Dickey) and a soft-tossing lefty (Mark Buehrle). Weaver is neither and his results on Opening Day weren’t pretty: He allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings against the Mariners, striking out just one of the 25 batters he faced. During the previous three seasons Weaver had just one game in which he faced 20 or more batters and failed to record more than one strikeout.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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