Predicting LA Angels 2018 rotation
Tyler Skaggs is in the cellar for me. At 26 years-old, Skaggs has pitched over 100 innings in a season just once in his career. His best season was in 2014 when he pitched 113 innings and posted a 4.30 ERA with a WHIP of 1.212.
Like Richards, Skaggs career has also been plagued with injuries. Towards the end of the 2014 season, Skaggs suffered an elbow injury and opted for Tommy John surgery, missing the rest of the 2014 season and all of 2015. But, Skaggs then developed shoulder trouble when he was almost returning from his elbow surgery, missing more time.
Like a common theme in Skaggs career, he then missed more time in 2017 when he suffered an oblique strain, putting himself on the shelf for 12 weeks.
When healthy, Skaggs is a career 4.59 ERA pitcher with a 1.346 WHIP, pretty average numbers. His 2017 campaign was filled with inconsistency. Hopefully the former first round draft pick (2009) can live up to expectations on where he was drafted.
Skaggs has a lot to prove this upcoming season. Can he also stay healthy? Can we trust him to bounce back after having an inconsistent 2017 season? A few questions fans should definitely be aware of.