This afternoon, young left-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tyler Skaggs, shut down the Toronto Blue Jays in a 5-3 win — pitching eight innings, only giving up four hits and two earned runs while striking out four and walking none. With the win, Skaggs now improves his record on the season to 3-1 and if he continues to win, could help the Angels get back to the postseason. Something the Angels have not done since 2009.
Skaggs, only 22 years old, still has a lot to learn in the major leagues and must lower his ERA, as it was 4.54 going into this afternoon’s game, but the potential for him to be a really good starting pitcher is there. He was a supplemental first round pick back in 2009 and is considered to be a high quality prospect who is just looking to establish himself at the big league level. And if this start can be the start of something great for the young left hander, where not only he and the Angels get the win but he also starts going deep into games and lowering his ERA, the Angels may be playing some meaningful games in October for the first time in five seasons.
With the win this afternoon vs. the Blue Jays, the Angels are now one game over .500 and are only three games out of first place, and since we are only in May, there is plenty of time for the Angels to catch up.
Out of the Angels’ five starters, only one is pitching poorly and is under .500 — Hector Santiago, who is a dreadful 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA on the season. Other than their fifth starter, the Angels need bullpen help, as they do not currently have a set closer. We all know that what the Angels do not need to fine tune is hitting. And when you have players like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick, Raul Ibanez, and Josh Hamilton (when he comes back from injury) you know why.
So in my opinion, if youngsters like Skaggs continue to help out and improve the Angels’ pitching, which has struggled for years now, the Angels may have a shot to be in the wild card game or even win the AL West when this season is all said and done.