Los Angeles Angels: Matt Shoemaker By The Numbers
The Los Angeles Angels will attempt to adjust their starting rotation this offseason. Many are predicting number one through five for the Angels pitching staff.
The Los Angeles Angels are internally going over the numbers of all their players. They are looking at these players and asking if particular players will make us better for next season. There’s a lot of pressure from the fans on the Angels to compete next season.
As a result, the Angels must battle for a playoff spot next season. Anything less than a division title will be considered a failure. Last season, the Angels fell 21 games below .500 three times during the regular season. The month of May brought on a rash of injuries leaving players to pick up the slack for the team.
Matt Shoemaker is a player that pitches hard and always steps up when his number is called. He is a fan favorite in Anaheim. Last season, Shoemaker’s pitching record doesn’t tell the story properly. Shoemaker pitched a nine wins and 13 losses record for the Angels, with an ERA of 3.88 in 27 games.
One big problem that you’ll see with the entire Angels pitching roster is the innings pitched. For example, Shoemaker pitched 160 innings last season. Is that too many? Maybe, however, the Angels were not in a position to rest players last season.
Some will argue that Shoemaker is the number one pitcher on the Angels roster. That’s simply not the case, although, he is going to be a starter next season. Shoemaker can be a top pitcher in this league.
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We already know that Shoemaker is tough as nails for taking a pitch to his head last season. On October 6th, he was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America. Shoemaker spoke of his excitement to pitch again next season. He also said he’ll be trying on the new head gear being developed by various companies for next season.