Grading the middle of the LA Angels 2021 starting rotation:
No. 4 best LA Angels starting pitcher in 2021: Jose Suarez--B-
Jose Suarez proved himself this year for the LA Angels.
He was outstanding in the bullpen, and the Halos thought it would be best to give him his rotation shot. He delivered.
What I like about Suarez is his short memory. There were multiple starts early in his starting stint with the Halos this year where Suarez had the stuff, but Joe Maddon ended up pulling him early, and the runners on at the time were allowed in by poor bullpen play.
Suarez bounced back from that, and in his last five starts finished 3-1 with a complete game and a 2.97 ERA to go along with a .202 BAA in those starts. He's ready to have a strong 2022 campaign.
No. 3 best LA Angels starting pitcher in 2021: Patrick Sandoval--B
Patrick Sandoval only started 14 games this season due to injury, but he was lights out in those starts.
His ERA as a starter was a really good 3.39, and struck out a solid 9.72 hitters per nine innings. Only allowing 0.9 HR/9, he was hard to square up this season. Don't put stock into the 3-6 record, as that's a team statistic.
He clearly did his job on the mound, and would have had a really nice year if he would have been able to stay healthy throughout the entirety of it.