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Jered Weaver throws a “Maddux” against the Athletics

Minnesota Twins v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 13: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of the game against the Minnesota Twinsat Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 13, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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A few years ago, friend of the blog Jason Lukehart created a statistic called the “Maddux,” which is when a pitcher throws a complete game shutout on fewer than 100 pitches. Only a handful of them happen every year, only slightly more common than no-hitters.

Angels starter Jered Weaver threw the first “Maddux” of 2016, shutting out the Athletics on 95 pitches on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. He yielded three hits (all singles) and a walk while striking out one in the effort. Weaver had just two runs of support, coming on an Albert Pujols ground out in the first inning and a Carlos Perez solo home run in the fifth.

Weaver, 33, lowered his ERA to 5.10 and evened his record at 6-6 with Sunday’s effort. His velocity was a hot topic of conversation during spring training. FanGraphs has his fastball at an average velocity of 82.5 MPH, by far the lowest of his career and about 1 MPH lower than his average velocity last season. Weaver topped out at 85 MPH on Sunday, per’s Mike Petriello.

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