3. What are your thoughts on this season’s starting rotation?
Lea: I’m indifferent, I believe the rotation will prove useful this season. Although, health is of great concern. Garrett Richards and company will have the tall task of carrying this team when the bats simply aren’t there. Still, the Angels look better this season without the distraction of C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver going on in the clubhouse.
Rice: I am actually encouraged with the rotation as Richards being back is a plus. Then you add a healthy Matt Shoemaker and Tyler Skaggs along with Ricky Nolasco and it should be pretty solid barring injuries. The fifth starter is a question mark as Alex Meyer could be the answer, but he’s somewhat unproven. Or Jesse Chavez could make the cut, we will see.
Page: The starting rotation is, well, weak. It’s probably the weakest part of the Angels’ roster. Of course, Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano are out until 2018 due to TJ surgery. However, I think bringing back Jered Weaver to be a backend starter and innings eater would be a smart move. The Angels know as well as anyone, you can never have too much pitching.
Barney: I’m cautiously optimistic. I’m hoping Garrett Richards is able to find a groove and most importantly stay healthy. We’ll see which side of Matt Shoemaker we get, I’m leaning towards him being on the stronger parts in our rotation. I also think Skaggs is going to have his best season yet. The ceiling is pretty high for the rotation, we’ll see if they can reach the top.
Nelson: The Angels starting rotation is almost like a scary movie. Meaning, if something tragic happens to the main characters, the entire season could be a horror story. Yes, the staff relies so much on Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs because the Angels are pretty thin behind them. Both Nate Smith and Alex Meyer lack starting experience which could prove to be a flaw if a starting pitcher goes down.