Can Tyler Skaggs Stay Hot Against The Rangers?

Updated: April 28, 2017

It’s going to be an interesting game on Friday as the Rangers are starting Nick Martinez. Starter A.J. Griffin is still on the disabled list, which means Martinez will get at least one more start. He will go up against Angels left-handed starter Tyler Skaggs at Globe Life Park on Friday.

This start will be the second time Skaggs has faced the Rangers this season, and the first time didn’t go great. Last time Skaggs pitched against Texas, he allowed five runs in five innings. The Angels won the game, but it wasn’t because of Skaggs.

He is 2-1 with a 6.20 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers. Luckily for the Halos, Skaggs has been better since that start against Texas. He’s thrown seven innings his last two outings, and has allowed just two earned runs.

This season Skaggs is 1-1 with a 4.44 ERA in four starts. He’s struck out 23 batters over 24.1 innings, and could be a boom-or-bust. The Rangers offense is in a slump lately, but had a huge outburst in their last game. We could be headed towards a high scoring game as both pitchers don’t have good track records.

The Angels had Skaggs fly to Anaheim on Thursday since the team had a night game. According to T.R. Sullivan, Angels manager Mike Scioscia had this to say about Skaggs leaving ahead of time. “It’s not ideal, but nothing we haven’t done before,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll be ready to play.”

The 25-year-old Skaggs was a former 1st round pick of the Angels. The team has been patiently waiting for him to reach his full potential. He’s been better lately, but we’ll see what he can do on Friday.

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