MIAMI -- The Major League All-Star Game is three weeks away, but already there is published speculation that Jered Weaver will be positioned to start for the American League at Arizona's Chase Field.
"I'm thinking about my next start [on Sunday against the Dodgers] -- not the All-Star Game," Weaver said. "We'll see what happens when the time comes."
The Angels' ace made his first All-Star team last year, but was unable to make an appearance in the game -- owing to the new rule that those who start on the Sunday before the game are ineligible to pitch.
Weaver finished fifth in the AL Cy Young Award balloting last season, and he's putting up better numbers across the board this year. After going 13-12 with a 3.01 ERA in 34 starts, he is now 9-4 in 16 outings with a 2.01 ERA -- second best in the Majors behind Boston's Josh Beckett.
"It's always my goal to get better every year," Weaver said.
Only in the strikeout department is Weaver slightly down. After leading the Majors with 233 last year, he's eighth in MLB with 102.
"And that's not a bad thing," Weaver said. "I'll take those early-count outs I'm getting. Gets me deeper in games."