Angels Need Matt Shoemaker to Lead Rotation

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Updated: April 26, 2017

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker is coming off his best outing of 2017. He pitched seven innings allowing just two runs, and struck out seven batters. He’s searching for his first victory of the season against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

This season Shoemaker has been off-and-on, he’s posting a 4.98 ERA through four starts. He’s struck out 19 batters, but has allowed six home runs over 21.1 innings. According to Jane Lee, Shoemaker has made 11 career starts against the A’s and has a 3.49 ERA, which means he could be in for a good night at Angel Stadium.

The Angels rotation has already taken a huge hit losing Garret Richards. He lands on the 60-day disabled list after just one start this season. That means someone else needs to step up and lead the Halos rotation. Could Shoemaker be that guy?

Out of the five current Angels starters, Shoemaker looks like the pitcher with the highest potential. It’s sometimes all or nothing with him, but the Angels hope to get more from the 30-year-old starter this season.

In parts of five Major League seasons, Shoemaker is 32-28 with a 3.81 ERA in 84 games (76 starts) with 407 strikeouts. He hasn’t be able to match that 16-4 3.04 ERA season from 2014, but it shows he has the potential to be an ace.

Last season was solid for Shoemaker, he went 9-13 with a 3.88 ERA in 27 starts with 143 strikeouts. The fact of the matter is the Angels don’t have an ace pitcher right now. They don’t know how long Richards will be out, but this team desperately needs Shoemaker to tap into his full potential and lead this rotation.

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