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).