The LA Angels offense has been stalled since the second week of the season. No one has felt that more than Angels starting pitchers. The roles were reversed in the first week. However, as week two blurs into week three, the trend continues.
LA Angels starting pitcher, Tyler Skaggs was as dominant as any team could have asked for in his last outing. Skaggs put up seven scoreless innings, striking out 9 (with just two walks) against the Kansas City Royals.
The April 16th start was the first where everything clicked for Skaggs in 2017. Skaggs has been shaky in his first two outings as he looks to prove he is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. Skaggs had led off the season with two offerings where he gave up 5 ER in each game. Coupled with 10 K, 5 BB, and 13 hits allowed, Skaggs did little to help himself.
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As the weekend approaches, the LA Angels will host the Toronto Blue Jays for a four game set starting today. Angels manager Mike Sciossia has only announced that Alex Meyer will make his 2017 debut in the opener. Skaggs is almost a full week removed from his last start and is in line to start this weekend.
The Angels have been very mindful with their young left hander’s workload. Skaggs is attempting his first full season after major surgery and recovery. Last season he pitched to a 3-4 record in 10 starts. The Angels have exercised caution even as encouraging results have come in during Skaggs return to the mound.
The Angels made Skaggs their 2009 first round draft pick. However, Skaggs was actually shipped off in a trade. Along with Patrick Corbin and two others, Skaggs went to the Diamondbacks in the Dan Haven trade. A trade in late 2013 returned Skaggs to his former team. This time for Mark Trumbo (the 2016 HR leader with the Baltimore Orioles.) Less than a year later, in August of 2014, Skaggs went under the knife for Tommy John surgery.
The Angels have invested in him, twice, so it is no surprise to see the team exercise caution with a pitcher so young. As Skaggs hunts that first win this weekend, it is surely something on the minds of more than a few in the Angels organization.