Breaking Down the Los Angeles Angels Projected Starting Five
By Joshua Lea
The Los Angeles Angels will showcase a different starting rotation than years past. This season will bring new faces and some familiar ones to the table for the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels pitchers and catchers report to Tempe Arizona for Spring Training in a matter of weeks. All eyes will be on ace pitcher Garrett Richards as he attempts to comeback from an elbow injury that sidelined him last season.
While Richards health is probably the most important piece to the Angels rotation puzzle, there is still some concern with Tyler Skaggs and newly acquired pitcher Jesse Chavez.
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The pitching staff will have defensive help from the infield and outfield this season. The Angels have set the stage to make some big noise in the AL West this season. While it’s unclear how much noise they will make, many believe the Angels could steal the show this season.
Of course, having Mike Trout and a healthy Albert Pujols always gives you a fighting chance on a nightly basis. However, role players and unlikely heroes could emerge provide a band with Trout as a front man.
Some of those unlikely heroes include Yunel Escobar, who’s 39 RBI’s were key in a handful of Halo victories. Also, Andrelton Simmons will have some help from second baseman Danny Espinosa.
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These players are all going to play a big role in the Angels success next season. However, the pitching staff will be under pressure to perform at a high level.
Each of the five pitchers most likely to be in the rotation for the Angels, all bring something different to the table. The biggest question surrounding the pitching staff will be health. However, underlining questions remain about the individual pitchers within the rotation.