Los Angeles Angels Matt Shoemaker named AL Player of the Week
The Los Angeles Angels Matt Shoemaker has turned it around since being sent down to the minors in early May and returning two weeks later. At that point Shoemaker was 1-5 with a 9.12 ERA. However, since then Shoemaker has gone 4-4 with a 2.54 ERA.
Shoemaker’s last start may have been his best in his Los Angeles Angels career and it couldn’t have come at a better time as the team is starting to show signs of life winning eight of their last ten games. Shoemaker pitched his first career complete game shutout. Shoemaker allowed six hits and no runs with 13 strikeouts with no walks. In the 9th inning Saturday night against the White Sox Shoemaker worked his way out of a first and third one out jam by striking out Todd Frazier and Justin Morneau to finish the game off and earn the 1-0 victory.
For his efforts Matt Shoemaker was chosen as the AL Player of the Week going 1-0 with an ERA of 0.00. Shoemaker also won Player of the Month Honors for August during his rookie year of 2014. That August Shoemaker went 6-1 with a 1.31 ERA for the month.
Shoemaker has been one of the few bright spots in this injury-plagued season in 2016. He has anchored the staff along with Hector Santiago since the team lost both Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney to arm injuries. Earlier in the season Shoemaker put together a streak of 49 strikeouts without a walk when he started to turn it around.
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Shoemaker has pitched so well as of late that he has been the subject of trade rumors. With the July 31st trade deadline coming up in 11 days, we will see if the Angels will hold on to Shoemaker or try to get as much for him as possible.
With Monday’s injury to Nick Tropeano who knows what the future will hold in regards of the rotation.
One thing is for sure is that Angels will Tropeano in the future.