During Wednesday night's 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros, Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels surpassed Mike Witt for third place on the franchise's all-time strikeout list, per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Weaver tied and surpassed Witt with fourth-inning punchouts of Dexter Fowler and Jason Castro, on his way to a 94-pitch, two-hit shutout of the Astros.
The all-time strikeout king, Nolan Ryan, reigns atop the Angels' franchise list, as 2,416 of his 5,714 career Ks came during his tenure with the Halos. Chuck Finley sits comfortably at No. 2, having fanned 2,151 batters while in an Angels uniform.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Weaver's 1,286 strikeouts place him 25th among active pitchers. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a productive nine-year stretch with the Angels, owning a 118-63 record and 3.22 ERA over 1,541 innings. He earned three straight All-Star Game selections from 2010-2012 and threw a no-hitter during the 2012 campaign, a season in which he finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting.
After a rough start to 2014, Weaver has bounced back to show that he's the ace the Angels have come to expect. Over his past seven games, Weaver has allowed just nine earned runs over 47.2 innings, to go along with a 33:12 K:BB ratio. Despite diminished velocity over the years, Weaver has been able to maintain his effectiveness by hitting his spots and inducing flyouts.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified.
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