The Angels this offseason made some low cost moves to the rotation by adding Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs. The main worry to many Angels fans was is this going to be enough to help the rotation. With the 2014 season only a month away, the Halos will be starting with two veteran starters in Jered Weaver and C.J Wilson. They have proven themselves the last few seasons as reliable work horses that can eat up innings and give their team the best possible chance of winning.
Jered Weaver last year posted an 11-8 record with a 3.27 ERA which was down from his previous year. Although last season Weaver was out a few weeks after breaking his non pitching elbow during a game against the Texas Rangers. His career numbers are 130-60 with a 3.24 ERA over 8 seasons. In 2011 and 2012 he finished in the top 3 for a CY Young award. Weaver over his career has proven why he deserves to be the ace of the staff. He goes out and dominates with his change up and is determined to win.
As for C.J Wilson last year he went 17-7 and had a 3.39 ERA. Since being moved to a starter in 2010 he has thrown over 200 innings each of the last 4 seasons. The long-time reliever has made at least 33 starts and averaged a 7.9 K/9 ratio in the process, proving that there is plenty of mileage still left in his arm.
This year looks to maybe be a bounce back season for Weaver, and hopefully Wilson can build off his 2013 season. The Angels will be leaning on them for quality starts and to mentor the younger half of the staff. Skaggs is only 22 with minimal experience in the majors while Santiago and Garrett Richards have been here before although they still have much to learn.
Hopefully these old dogs can teach the new ones some useful tricks.