LA Angels Making Change to Starting Rotation

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 08: Jesse Chavez
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 08: Jesse Chavez /
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The LA Angels have had one of the worst starting rotations in the MLB this season. This is mostly due to injury. The Angels have found diamonds in the rough with Parker Bridwell and J.C Ramirez this season, and could have a third one starting Friday.

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The LA Angels have once again been decimated by injuries this season. The position group hurt most by this has been the starting rotation. Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, and Tyler Skaggs have all missed time this season. Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano, both recovering from 2016 Tommy John surgery, have not made their season debuts. It is unlikely that Richards returns this season, and Tropeano is all but shut down.

However, Tyler Skaggs is making his return this Saturday. This gives the Angels six starting pitchers, including Troy Scribner, who will be making his first start in The Show this Friday.

Jesse Chavez, who has been the most consistently poor pitcher for the Halos this season, will be moved to the bullpen. Chavez has spent seven of his ten MLB seasons as a reliever. In his sole relief appearance this year, Chavez gave up three runs on four hits in one inning of work.

Scribner has been an under-the-radar prospect his entire career. He has been with the Halos since 2016, and has been used as a starter since, rather than splitting time as a starter and reliever as he did previously.

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Scribner spent 2017 in Triple-A Salt Lake. He posted a 10-3 record with a 4.16 ERA in 18 games (17 starts). He had posted 98 strikeouts on the season before being called up to Anaheim. In his Major League debut, he allowed two runs over three innings of relief. Scribner pounds the strike zone, with 30 of his 41 pitches going for strikes. He also picked up the win in that game.

In his second appearance, he pitched an innings, allowing one walk. However, he cancelled out the walk after forcing a double play ground out. On the year, he has a 4.50 ERA.

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With an elite defense behind him, Scribner should do better than he did in Salt Lake. Not much was expected of Bridwell or Ramirez when they stepped into the rotation, but now they can call themselves the Halos’ 1-2 punch. With two months left in the season, Scribner is getting his shot to add himself as the number three, knockout punch.