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Weaver's solid season brings TYIB nomination

Weaver's solid season brings TYIB nomination

He led the Major Leagues in strikeouts and finished fifth in the American League in ERA. He tied for third in the AL in innings pitched, was the sixth toughest pitcher in the league to hit and had the sixth-best WHIP (walks and hits per inning) in the game.

Jered Weaver did everything for the Angels an ace could be expected to do. Inheriting that role from mentor John Lackey, the slender right-hander from Simi Valley, Calif., was among the premier starting pitchers in the game. And you didn't want to face him in Angel Stadium: Weaver's 1.86 home ERA was the best in the league.

"Jered was terrific from start to finish," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He gave us consistency and pitched at a high level the entire season. He didn't weaken at all, even though he exceeded his career high in innings by a large number. He carried his stuff and his competitiveness throughout the season and kept his team in games almost every time out."

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Weaver is among the candidates for the 2010 This Year in Baseball Awards in the loaded category of Starter.

For the ninth straight year, fans will help decide the top hitters, pitchers, plays and moments from the MLB season. In 2009, more than 12 million votes were cast by fans around the world.

The 2010 This Year in Baseball Awards presented by Toyota features nominees in 19 categories. Individual honors will go to the top Hitter, Starter, Rookie, Closer, Setup Man, Defensive Player, Manager, Executive, Breakout Player, X-Factor, Dependable Player and Postseason MVP.

Fans can also vote on the year's top Play, Moment, Performance, Oddity, Game, Fan Moment and Postseason Moment from MLB.com's Must C video highlight vault.

"I think overall I made some good strides this year," Weaver said. "I never even thought about leading the league in strikeouts; that was something that just happened. My goal coming into the season was to pitch 200 innings for the first time, and surpassing that was very satisfying. It showed that I was able to have consistent command and get deeper in games than in the past.

"It was a disappointing season in a lot of respects. We all are frustrated that we didn't perform better as a team. From a personal standpoint, I was able to achieve some things, but this is a team game. And when your team doesn't win, it's hard to feel too good about things."

With 233 strikeouts in 224 1/3 innings, both career highs, Weaver averaged 9.3 K's per nine innings, third in the AL. He fashioned a 3.01 ERA and held hitters to a .222 batting average while putting together an impressive 1.07 WHIP.

The only numbers associated with Weaver that were not impressive -- his 13-12 record -- were a reflection of the Angels' underachieving offense. In half of his 34 starts, the Halos produced three or fewer runs. Eleven times, they scored two or fewer.

"The one thing a pitcher can't control is wins and losses," Scioscia said. "Everything else he could control, Jered controlled. With better offensive support, he could have challenged for the league lead in wins."

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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