Who is The Angels Opening Day Starter?

Updated: March 17, 2017

The Angels have an interesting decision to make the last few weeks of Spring Training. Who will be the Halos Opening Day starter? The team has yet to name their Opening Day starter, and their final decision may surprise some people.

Many would think Garrett Richards would be the easy answer. The 28-year-old is back healthy in 2017, and has the “ace” potential that the Angels desperately need.

This spring Richards has a 6.48 ERA in three starts, and does not look like an ace starter right now. He only pitched in six games last year, and the Angels may want to ease him back into action.

Lefty Tyler Skaggs has the potential to be a strong No. 2 pitcher, but has failed to reach that potential. He pitched in just 10 games last season, and has only 2.2 innings pitched this spring. It would be hard to believe Skaggs gets the Opening Day nod.

Matt Shoemaker has not capitalized on that great 2013 season, and continues to drop in the Angels rotation. He’s posted a 5.00 ERA this spring in three starts. He’s been off and on, but isn’t consistent enough to be the leader in the rotation right now.

Let’s not forget about the always reliable Ricky Nolasco. Similar to Shoemaker, Nolasco has been off and on this spring with a 4.00 ERA in three starts. He’s by far the healthiest option in the Halos rotation.

The No. 5 spot in the rotation has yet to be determined, and the Opening Day job is a battle between these four starters. Right now Nolasco looks like the favorite to get the start, but if Richards can prove he’s ready then he’ll start Opening Day. Nolasco has earned the opportunity, but we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.

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