Is there a Cause for Concern with the Halos’ Starters?

Updated: April 11, 2017

If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a million times: The Angels need their starting rotation to be consistent and solid. So far this season, that hasn’t really been the case for their starters. The team may be 5-2 and in first place after the first week, but it’s unlikely to keep this up without some solid and deep outings from their rotation.

So far, the deepest an Angels’ starter has gone is six innings by Ricky Nolasco on Saturday. No other starter has pitched six innings through their first seven games. Most worrisome, though, is the reasoning for why Garrett Richards couldn’t get there. Coming off missing almost an entire season while avoiding Tommy John, Richards left his first start with biceps cramping. It’s only minor and he should only miss one start, but any arm injury for him is worrisome.

The good news, though, is that other than Matt Shoemaker allowing seven runs on Sunday, no starter has been truly roughed up. There’s been a bad inning here and there. The starters have labored a bit more than you’d like. At this point in the season, though, you’re not really looking to push your starters. You want to ease them in, especially with several starters having a history of injuries. Tyler Skaggs and Shoemaker are both coming off injuries of their own, and Jesse Chavez has never pitched more than 157 innings in a year. He’s also coming off a year spent exclusively as a reliever.

The Angels are only a week in, and although they haven’t got the length they’d like out of their starters, they’re still 5-2. The Angels were also prepared for this.

They have Bud Norris, Yusmeiro Petit, and J.C. Ramirez in the bullpen specifically because they knew they weren’t going to push their starters. Richards will be on a strict pitch count, and there’s no reason to push Skaggs. The bullpen, even with a few hiccups, has been pretty good. Going forward, if the Angels only get five innings out of their starters, it will be a cause for concern. As for now, though, the Angels will continue to build on a solid start.

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