Angels’ Starting Pitching Shows Improvement On Road Trip

Updated: April 20, 2017

In a nutshell, the Angels’ seven game road trip was disastrous with their lone triumph coming on Tuesday. It is weird to think about because it does not seem too long ago when their record was a solid 6-2. That is basically ancient history at this point. Since then their whole team has flipped upside down.

Their starting pitching is now doing well all of a sudden. Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports that after Thursday afternoon’s 2-1 loss, the staff ERA sits at 2.23 over the last five games. Not too shabby at all. Matt Shoemaker helped out the cause today by getting through seven innings of work. The only runs he allowed were on a pair of solo dingers in the first and fifth innings. Beyond that, Shoemaker did not make things easy for the opposition. Out of his four starts in 2017, this afternoon’s was his finest performance by far. Clearly his finest.

In spite of the stronger efforts from the rotation, it has not led to great success for the ball club. Simply put, the offense is performing the way the starting pitching was earlier in the season. The hitters have forced their fellow hurlers to be as perfect as possible because of the low run production. Today was a noteworthy example. The team did even collect a hit until the fifth inning. Their lone run had to wait until the ninth when Mike Trout connected with a solo blast over Minute Maid Park’s short fence in left.

Although the offense is freakishly cold of late, Manager Mike Scioscia remains confident that his boys will right the ship. The team’s leader is just thankful that the starting pitching amped things up a notch as the trip went on.

“‘I think that we’re definitely going to be a strong offensive team,’ Scioscia said. ‘You’d rather it happen sooner than later. We’re confident it will. Obviously this was a tough trip for us, but one of the things that started to materialize is the starting pitching getting to a certain point in the game. That has to happen for us to do what we hope to do. It’s good to see.’”

Hopefully, for the Angels’ sake, the team can locate a happy medium between the solid hitting they had earlier in the year along with the type of pitching that has happened recently. Tough trips can happen to any team. Let’s be honest in that respect. Over a 162 game season, it is inevitable. What makes a team is how that adversity is responded to. This weekend will be a good test for the Halos insofar as developing the fabric of their identity.

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