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Angels demote fifth starter Matt Shoemaker to Triple-A and turn to lefty Wade LeBlanc

May 25, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

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Matt Shoemaker has a solid 3.18 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 22 2/3 total innings this season, but he yielded eight hits and three runs over five frames in a loss Saturday night to the Royals and so the Angels are going to try something different this week.

Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports that Shoemaker has been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake, with 29-year-old lefty Wade LeBlanc joining the rotation in a corresponding roster move.

LeBlanc had allowed just two runs in 20 innings over his last three starts at the Triple-A level. He posted a 5.40 ERA in 55 innings (seven starts, 10 relief appearances) last year between the Astros and Marlins.

If this experiment doesn’t work out, the Angels will probably turn right back to Shoemaker.

  1. sportsfan18 - May 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    I don’t follow their team so I have no bearing other than stats…

    Out of the 19 pitchers who have pitched for the Angles this season, he has the 8th LOWEST WHIP.

    3 of the 7 who have a WHP lower than he does have thrown fewer innings than he has too…

    He has the 9th lowest ERA of the 19 men who have pitched for them this season too. The Staff ERA is 3.63 so his 3.18 is helping the team.

    STAFF WHIP is 1.21 so his 1.15 WHIP is helping the team.

    9 of the 19 men who have pitched have a NEGATIVE WAR on the season so far. EH’s tied for the 5th best WAR among those who have pitched for the team so far this season.

    Again, I don’t follow the team and I’ve NOT seen him pitch so I have no idea other than the face value of stats.

  2. infieldhit - May 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    The bullpen was spent after the 13-inn game, so LeBlanc might just be in for relief until the fifth spot comes up again, upon which they’ll call Hector Santiago back up.

    Moura tweeted that Scioscia kept referring to Wade LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc. Who knew he was so hip? At least, if this were still the 90s.

    • gloccamorra - May 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Uh-oh. Scioscia may think Wade actually IS Matt LeBlanc, and wants his autograph. If Wade wants to stay in the show, he’d better go along with it.

  3. royalsblues - May 26, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    This is probably the right move. The Royals offense is so pathetic that any SP who allows them to score more than one run clearly doesn’t belong in the majors.

  4. jarathen - May 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    There is a major misunderstanding of how these rules work here. The Angels needed extra BP help after the 13-inning game, so they called up LeBlanc. They sent down Shoemaker but can’t call him up again for 15 days, so they will probably use Santiago again when that turn in the rotation comes up. Depending on how he does, we may or may not see Shoemaker back when his 15 day minimum stay is up.

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