When Tyler Skaggs went on the DL last month coupled with Hector Santiago‘s continued struggles, it was thought that the Los Angeles Angels would run into trouble with the back of their starting rotation, but that has not been entirely the case.
This is in large part due to the play of rookie Matt Shoemaker. In his seven starts this season, Shoemaker has performed quite well under the radar with a 5-1 record, 3.47 ERA and 51 strikeouts. He has played well for the most part, though has not been flashy. He has been what the Angels needed, and that is a pitcher who can come in and give them a few starts while other pitchers either recover from injury or get back on track.
The 27-year-0ld has displayed the poise of a savvy veteran major league pitcher. His success this season for the most part has gone unnoticed, but his play has been part of the reason the Angels have been as good as they are in 2014.
If he can continue to be an effective pitcher on the mound each time out, there is no reason to believe that the Halos cannot continue to win ball games at a high rate. The young right hander has played well, and his contribution to the Halos this season is highly undervalued.