Has Ricky Nolasco Become The Ace of The Angels?

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Updated: May 10, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran Ricky Nolasco last August from the Minnesota Twins to stabilize the backend of the rotation. That’s not how it’s worked out as Nolasco has become arguably the best pitcher for the Halos in 2017.

Yes, injuries have knocked out plenty of his competition, but no one can say he’s not doing his job. The Angels didn’t bring in Nolasco to be the leader of the rotation. His last start on Monday has shown that he’s more than capable of taking on bigger role.

Against the Athletics on Monday, Nolasco went seven strong innings and struck out 10 batters. He didn’t earn the victory, but he definitely kept the Halos in the ball game. According to Alex Espinoza, Nolasco had this to say after Monday’s game.

“We’ve just got to keep doing our job,” Nolasco said. “It’s a team game. We can’t be worried about what those guys [the hitters] are doing. There’s going to be a lot of games where those guys pick us up, especially with the good offense that we have. They’re going to be picking us up when we’re struggling.”

This season Nolasco is 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in seven starts with 37 strikeouts and just seven walks. The home run ball has hurt him quite a few times, but that might be his only weakness. He won’t be making any All-Star teams, but I think it’s time to admit it Angels fan.

Ricky Nolasco has become the ace of the team whether we want him to be or not.

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