- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
Carl Crawford was the first hitter who Jered Weaver faced in his start Wednesday night, Weaver’s first since breaking his left (non-pitching) elbow in the first week of the season. When the count reached two strikes, Weaver fired a fastball high and outside at 91 mph. Crawford chased it, for the strikeout.
Weaver continued to throw like this, with his fastball velocity consistently in the 87-89 mph range, much higher than the 84-85 mph he showed before getting hurt. Check out this data from Brooks Baseball, from his start against the Dodgers.
Compare that with the numbers from his previous start, on April 7.