Los Angeles Angels: Keys to Success in 2016

Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America

Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America

Major Key: Garret Richards needs to prove that he is a true ace.

Garret Richards’ 2014 season saw him go 13-4, with a 2.61 ERA in 26 starts. His season was put to an end on August 20, when he ruptured his patellar tendon while covering first base at Fenway Park. Richards made his 2015 debut in mid-April, and went on to go 15-12, with a 3.65 ERA. He did not match his 2014 standards, but that may have been due to the fact he was still recovering from his injury.

Going into 2016, Richards is undoubtedly considered the ace of the staff. With a rotation that already is filled with plenty of question marks, Richards has to rise up and pitch like the ace he is capable of being. If he is unsuccessful, it may be tough for the Angels to contend without an ace. The rest of the pitching staff is not capable of picking up the slack if Richards struggles.

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  1. David_N_Wilson

    One problem with that rotation is that most of the people contending for the last few slots would all BE last slot pitchers on other teams… they really have to count on the top three pulling through for them. Really good test in the first series of the year against the Cubs.

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