Tyler Skaggs Not Worried After First Start

Updated: April 7, 2017

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lefty Tyler Skaggs may not have won his first start of 2017 yesterday. It does not mean that the southpaw only saw the negatives in the series finale up north.

In his 5.1 innings of work, Skaggs allowed five earned runs on a total of five hits. He also struck out a handful of batters in his time on the hill while collecting three walks. In an article recently assembled by Maria Guardado, Angels’ Manager Mike Scioscia shared his thoughts on Tyler’s outing. He touches on their being moments when the 25-year-old did well. The skipper also recognizes that command was a factor in his overall inconsistent game.

“‘I think there were definitely some highlights in there, and some things that got away from him, but all in all, stuff looked good,’ manager Mike Scioscia said. ‘He lost some counts and obviously the walks didn’t help, but the stuff was there.’”

Alas, what Scioscia depicted is what fans are used to seeing from Skaggs at times. At certain moments in his career he looks as locked in as can be. In the blink of an eye, things sometimes seem to backfire on the team’s number four starter. The story was not different yesterday because after the first pair of stanzas, the third was representative of a shaky version of Skaggs.

Skaggs admitted that after he allowed a hit in the third inning, his rhythm was thrown off a tad. He let the small hiccup affect him too much.

“‘After that, I was rushing a little bit out of the stretch and I let some pitches get away from me,’” Skaggs said.

After the third inning mess was finally gotten past, his subsequent two innings were masterful all in all. The sixth inning again was indicative of a stretch where the flip of a switch occurred, though. He did not look like himself again. He did not pitch like the Tyler Skaggs the Angels need. Skaggs understands this and spoke about the changes he hopes to bring into future starts for the ball club.

“‘It was just one of those things where I have to pitch frustrated,’ Skaggs said. ‘I have to pitch mad. I was attacking the hitters. I think I was trying to be a little too fine in the third inning, especially after a guy got on. And I just need to pitch to my strengths and not their strengths.’”

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