Having been eliminated from postseason contention with Monday’s loss, the Angels decided there was no need to push two of their top three starters any further. They scratched Ervin Santana from his start Tuesday against Texas and Jered Weaver from Wednesday’s finale.
Tyler Chatwood and Garrett Richards are now scheduled to work the next two days.
It’s good news for the Rangers, who are one game up on the Tigers as they aim for home-field advantage in the ALDS.
Santana and Weaver had both already amassed career-high innings totals this year. Santana was at 228 2/3, while Weaver was at 235 2/3 innings.
Santana finishes 11-12 with a 3.38 ERA. While he’s had seasons of 17, 16 and 16 wins in the past, this year’s ERA was the lowest of his career. 2008 still ranks as his best season as a major leaguer, but his 2011 wasn’t too far behind.
Weaver, a Cy Young contender for the first four motnhs of the season, ends the year 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. The wins, ERA and WHIP are all career bests for him, though he didn’t come close to matching his strikeout total from a year ago (198, down from 233).
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.
The Kansas City Royals have signed starter Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.
Duffy was arbitration eligible this offseason and would’ve been a free agent next winter if he hadn’t signed the deal. Given his stuff he might’ve made a mint as a free agent, but he’s also been inconsistent at times and any pitcher is an injury away from losing a payday, making this a nice, lucrative bet for the lefty.
Duffy, 28, posted a 3.51 ERA and a 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179.2 innings in 2016.