Los Angeles Angels may just have their 5th starter in Chavez
One of the biggest question marks coming into Spring Training for the Los Angeles Angels: Who would the 5th starter be when the season opened in early April. With his start today, Jesse Chavez may have answered that question.
Chavez was signed by the Los Angeles Angels this Winter to be either a starter or a long-man in the bullpen. The way things were going in the first few weeks many probably thought that Angels general manager Billy Eppler had swung and missed on this signing.
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However, Jesse Chavez came back with a vengeance with his spot on the Opening Day Roster and possibly his career on the line Chavez put together two solid outings in a row pitching four innings of two-run ball against Seattle two weeks ago and then Monday’s six innings of shutout ball against Arizona which gave Chavez a 2-0 record and a stellar 2.51 ERA. He also has a 1.05 WHIP in four starts this Spring.
Chavez has been in a dogfight for the fifth starter role with veterans Bud Norris and Yusmeiro Petit as well as prospect Alex Meyer and reliever J.C. Ramirez. Most of the time it looked like anyone but Chavez would get the job. However that all changed Monday when Chavez took the mound for possibly the last time this Spring in hopes of taking hold of the 5th starter spot.
The spot became a three-person race when Alex Meyer was sent down to Triple-A Thursday and J.C. Ramirez was told he would be in the bullpen this season. Chavez has a lifetime record of 26-40 with a 4.54 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. He has not been a starting pitcher since 2015 for the Oakland A’s. That year Chavez struggled to a 7015 record with a WHIP of 1.33in 67 innings of work for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Toronto Blue Jays.
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When Chavez was last a starter in 2015 and compiled a 7-15 record with a 4.18 ERA in 26 starts for the A’s. Hopefully Chavez will be ready to answer the bell when the light go on. For now Chavez looks to possibly further solidify his role.
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Hopefully for Chavez and the Angels he will pitch well this season. To Be Continued … .