true ace, Garrett Richards, fifth starter

Angels rotation has depth, but no clear ace

Do the Los Angels Angels have a true ace?

The Angels have a long list of starting pitchers from which to choose for their 2016 rotation. Los Angeles has eight capable starters in Garrett Richards, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, Andrew Heaney, Hector Santiago, Matt Shoemaker, Nick Tropeano and Tyler Skaggs, but not one of them can be called a true ace.

Jered Weaver, true ace
Jered Weaver. Getty Images.

Overall, their starting pitching has plenty of depth, but not much strength at the top. Their starters’ look like a handful of number-threes with guys coming off of rookie seasons and players coming off of injury. The team does not appear to have a clear ace, which leaves the Angels with a big question mark surrounding their starting rotation. Can the Angels compete without a true ace on their staff?

Taking a look at each of their starting rotation candidates, Needing a solid rotation to get passed the power-hitting Houston Astros and the run-scoring Texas Rangers, do the Angels have enough to piece together a winning combination?

To learn more about each Angels’ starter and discover their chances at being able to compete in the AL West you can use the link below to read my full column on Today’s Knuckleball:

Angels rotation has plenty of depth but lacks knockout punch

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