2.) Good Enough Starting Pitching
If there’s one thing that derailed the Angels season, it was employing one of the worst rotations in the history of the MLB. It goes without saying that is not what the Angels were hoping for from their starters.
However, they knew what they had. With Shohei Ohtani restricted to hitting this year, their rotation lacked a true ace. All the Halos were hoping for from their starters was five or so innings every night so they could turn the game over to their bullpen (more on them later).
Last night was exactly what the team had in mind. Andrew Heaney went six innings deep, had ten strikeouts, and allowed one run. This was a huge start for Heaney, and just added more fire to the hot streak he’s been on since the end of June.
These are the kinds of starts the Halos had in mind when putting the team together. Even if Heaney had only gone five innings, that’s enough to keep the bullpen’s workload intact and prevent them from degrading as the season progresses. If the team had more starts of this nature throughout the year, they may still be contending for a Wild Card spot.