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LA Angels Player Grades: Mike Trout Dominant in Series Win Over Rangers

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 06: Mike Trout #27 is congratulated by Jesus Feliciano #62 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 6, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 06: Mike Trout #27 is congratulated by Jesus Feliciano #62 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 6, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 06: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 6, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 06: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 6, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Starting Pitchers

Matt Harvey: 4.0 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

As you can tell from the stat line, Matt Harvey’s debut at The Big A did not go according to plan. He was absolutely punished throughout the night by the Rangers lineup, and it was honestly miraculous for him to get as far into the game as he did. This is right up there with the worst starts of Harvey’s career, and the only positive is that there’s no place to go but up now.

Grade: F

Felix Pena: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO

Peña looked much improved from his first start of the season. He had all of his pitches working really well, evidenced by his seven strikeouts. This start just goes to show how great Peña can be for this rotation when he has his pitches working.

His breaking balls were hanging too much in his first start, but the had some serious drop this time around, leading to 14 swinging strikes on the evening. The only knock on this start was Peña’s inability to get deep into the game once again.

Grade: B+

Tyler Skaggs: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

This outing by Skaggs was arguably the best by an Angels starter this season. He was dominant throughout, and showed why he truly is the ace this rotation needs.

Skaggs paired a good fastball with his always dominant curveball, making hitters look foolish as he sent five Rangers down on strikes. After he looked shaky in his first outing, this was big for Skaggs as he was able to build confidence from this going into his next start.

Grade: A

Chris Stratton: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO

In terms of what we can expect from Chris Stratton, this is about it. He was better this time around that in his first start, which was nice to see. His breaking ball was more effective and he only made one mistake pitch, a two-run home run to Joey Gallo, who hurt the Angels all weekend. Other than that, however, Stratton was solid.

Grade: C-

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