The Los Angeles Angels got a shot in the arm on Wednesday with the return of Tyler Skaggs, and his presence on the pitching staff will be a huge factor in the team’s playoff chances this season.
In his first start after missing nearly a month due to a right hamstring strain, the young right-hander was brilliant on the mound on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox, allowing just two runs on five hits in 7.2 innings pitched. His impressive night included throwing just 87 pitches with 70 of them for strikes.
Although the Angels ended up losing in the bottom of the ninth, it’s the types of pitching performances that Skaggs has provided that have kept the team in ball games.
He has quite honestly been one of the Halos’ must reliable arms in the rotation, going at least five innings in all but two starts this season and pitching at least seven innings on eight occasions. Skaggs’ ability to go deep in games has helped alleviate the pressure on the bullpen to pitch more than a couple of innings to complete a game.
This may sound like something small, but with Skaggs able to go seven or eight innings in his starts, it helps keep the bullpen fresh for the next game and onward.
The Angels were able to hold up in his absence with Hector Santiago pitching in limited innings of work in each of his outings, but now that Skaggs is back, it will be a much-needed boost that the Halos will get to aid in their push for their first AL West division title since 2009.
So as the Halos move on through the season, Skaggs will continue to show why the Angels maintains a high level of confidence that they’ll be successful in the second half of the season. He will also show why he was the better part of the three-team deal that landed him in Los Angeles this past offseason.