The Los Angeles Angels rotation has shown signs of life recently. By Mid-June, they could potentially add a few arms, which could make things very crowded.
With the signing of, Tim Lincecum, the Los Angeles Angels, hope the two-time Cy young award-winning right-hander can help this rotation. Lincecum, will make his comeback to the pros with the Angels Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees. His performance in his rehab assignments will decide if the former ace can still pitch in the majors. He is scheduled to start his assignment in early June, but no exact date has been given.
C.J. Wilson, another one of the Angels pitchers, that many fans include in the franchise’s worst signings. In the first two years of his contract he made the all-star team in 2012, and finished his 2013 campaign 17-7, with a 3.39 ERA. The last two years, Wilson, has been ineffective, barely making it over .500. A few simulated games have boosted the lefty’s confidence. Wilson, is scheduled to start his rehab assignment on Wednesday, for the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers.
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With Hector Santiago, locked in the ace position for now, what about the rest of the rotation? Assuming, Lincecum and Wilson are able to comeback they will be launched into the rotation, and will be given a chance to prove themselves. If they misfire on that opportunity, then they will be moved to the bullpen or a long reliever role.
Nick Tropeano has proven himself to be an asset to the team. On Monday, Tropeano, lowered his earned-run average to 2.86, the best among the Los Angeles Angels’ current starting five. He is one of 13 American League starters with a an ERA under 3.00. Yesterday, Tropeano solidified his spot as an Angel starter, retiring 20 out of 27 against the Rangers. Clearly one of the most productive starters, Tropeano’s spot in the rotation is safe.
My prediction for the Angels starting rotation: Hector Santiago, Nick Tropeano, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, and Tim Lincecum.
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This leaves Matt Shoemaker and Jhoulys Chacin as the odd men out. Unless they can prove themselves vital assets in the next few weeks. In addition I’m not even sure they have a chance to make the bullpen for that matter.
Another chaotic mess, is the possible return of ace Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, and Tyler Skaggs. If any of the pitchers work through their injury issues, it’ll create an even bigger mess. Of this group Skaggs seems the most likely to make it back in the next couple of months. This is an issue that Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia and his staff have probably thought about this scenario if it comes down to it. Most likely the Angels will most likely send some pitchers down, or trade/release a few pitchers.
Scioscia has said before it is a good situation to have, (having too many starting pitchers.)
Only time will tell.