Breaking Down the Los Angeles Angels Projected Starting Five

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Ricky Nolasco:

Ricky Nolasco showed a lot of promise at the end of last season. Nolasco was apart of the trade that sent Hector Santiago to the Minnesota Twins in August. Nolasco started his campaign with the Angels woefully losing his first five games. However, following that, he went 4-1 and lowered his ERA to a cool 3.21.

Nolasco performance on the mound during the latter stages of 2016 is the biggest reason he’ll likely be in the starting rotation. He also benefits from pitching a full season in an Angel uniform.

The key will be if Nolasco can continue his impressive pitching. If he reverts back to his first five games, it’s likely the Angels could give his spot to J.C. Ramirez.

Still, Nolasco will look to get back to his 2008 status. He pitched a 15-8 season, with an ERA of 3.52. The Angels could definitely use that type of production on the mound this season.