The LA Angels are getting help from unlikely sources.
Jesse Chavez – 4-6 5.09 ERA 1.32 WHIP
Jesse Chavez may seem like an odd name to have on this list considering his numbers, but he is a pitcher who has been pretty steady this season. In Chavez’s 10 starts he has made it through at least 5.2 innings all but two times and if you take those two starts away his ERA drops to 3.56.
However the biggest thing is when he starts the Angels can usually expect six innings or more from him and three runs or less allowed. Chavez has five quality starts in 10 starts and been much more solid than Jered Weaver was most of last season.
Chavez was signed in the off-season as a free agent to compete for the fifth starter job or be a long man in the bullpen and so far he has just done the first of those two jobs. Chavez is a local boy who was born less than 30 minutes from Angel Stadium and also pitched at Riverside Community College.
Chavez has pitched much better at home with his ERA being almost one run lower than his road numbers and three of Chavez’s four wins have come at the Big “A”. Hopefully he will be able to continue to pitch well overall and lower his ERA back down to around 4.00.
For now he will continue to try to improve each start and get his ERA down to Around 4.00. This local boy has found a home.