It seems the Los Angeles Angels are confused about who to use as the fifth member of their starting rotation.
They’ve had a fairly stable rotation throughout the season with 24-year-old rookie left-hander Andrew Heaney stepping up in the month-long absence of three-time All-Star Jered Weaver, who was out with a hip injury and now taking the place of C.J. Wilson, who recently had season-ending elbow surgery.
However, with Heaney in the rotation full-time alongside Garrett Richards, All-Star Hector Santiago and Weaver, it’s the inconsistency of 28-year-old right-hander Matt Shoemaker that the Angels are having misgivings about.
Shoemaker was sent to Triple-A in favor of 25-year-old Nick Tropeano. Tropeano, who’s now made three starts for the Angels this season, pitched in place of Shoemaker on August 20 against the Chicago White Sox. He lasted 4.0 innings but surrendered six runs in the Angels 8-2 loss. He may have lasted longer in his game than Shoemaker’s 1.2 innings on August 15, but allowed just as many runs, the same number of walks (3) and had only one more strikeout that Shoemaker.
So the Angels made the switch again, but how many times can they do that? Time is running out and they are falling farther behind in both the race for the AL West and the second Wild Card spot. For more on this story use the link below to check out my full post on Today’s Knuckleball: