Perhaps the biggest star during a light fantasy baseball slate Thursday afternoon/evening was St. Louis Cardinals youngster starter Luke Weaver who was able to dominate the San Francisco Giants to the tune of giving up just two earned runs on two hits with no walks and 7 K's to pick up the win. The outing was one of the few bright spots for Weaver in 2018 however as he has gone the way of Luis Castillo as another young and hard-throwing pitcher who came into the year with a ton of promise but so far have been big letdowns. The hope is though that this outing signifies a turnaround for Weaver because it is likely that some of his original owners have already thrown in the towel here given the very shaky previous overall results. As far as how the current numbers look, this is where Weaver is statistically after his Thursday gem:
Wow other than Weaver's neutral .299 BABIP, pretty much every number is quite ugly for Weaver. Also it does need to be said that Weaver's neutral BABIP means he has earned every bit of his nasty 4.92 ERA and 1.35 WHIP since there was no random luck involved either way. Breaking things down further, opposing batters had a much clearer plan of attack when dealing with Weaver this season as shown by his drastic K/9 drop from an ace-like 10.74 in 2017 all the way down to 8.26. These hitters are laying off some of Weaver's offerings as they are drawing walks at a high rate and also swatting home runs. Nothing can be done to erase the nasty numbers previously but again the hope is that Weaver is set to make a turnaround as his prospect pedigree shows he is a much better pitcher than he has put forth. I wouldn't exactly run out to pick him up but I also think he is just too talented to not take a shot on in planting on your bench for a few outings to see if hin fact he has turned it around. The season is still long enough that Weaver can re-write his 2018 story some.