Jesse Chavez starting his second game of 2017 for the Los Angeles Angels
For the second time this spring, the Los Angeles Angels will face the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. The Angels will look to stay on top of the Cactus League standings.
The Los Angeles Angels will have March 7th off from spring training. The Angels are playing their 10th game in as many days today. For the second time this spring, they’ll face the World Champion Chicago Cubs.
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For the Angels, Jesse Chavez will take the mound in hopes of taking another step in locking up the fifth spot in the Angels rotation. In the case of Chavez, the hope being a starting pitcher is prevalent.
He’ll have a chance to be a starting pitcher for just the third time in his career. Chavez is playing well thus far in spring training. On Wednesday, Chavez pitched two innings against Texas. He struck out two batters and shutout the Rangers.
Hopefully, Chavez can continue his perfect pitching throughout the regular season. Currently, he remains a favorite to land the fifth and final starting spot. Chavez has bounced around the MLB including stints with Toronto, Kansas City, and Oakland. The nine-year veteran will certainly be a key element in the Angels rotation this season.
Today, the Chicago Cubs will pitch Jake Arrieta. Last season, Arrieta finished 2016 going 18-8 with an ERA of 3.10. This will be a good test for the batting side for the Angels. Mike Trout (if he plays) and company will face one of the league’s best pitchers.
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This will also be a nice test for Chavez as the Cubs may play more starters than they did during the last meeting. If Chavez can administer the same game as he did last Wednesday, the Angels may lock him up for that final starting spot.