The Los Angeles Angels made a series of roster moves ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the most notable being the demotion of left-hander Reid Detmers to the minors. The Angels also placed pitcher Jimmy Herget on the injured list and recalled bullpen fighters Oliver Ortega and Elvis Peguero.
Detmers received the additional assignment a little over a month after he pitched the Tampa Bay Rays with no hitters on May 10. Since then, he’s started six games, flipping between decent and not-so-decent performances. Indeed, of the 17 runs he allowed in those six matches, 14 of them amounted to three starts.
Unfortunately for Detmers, one of those bad starts came on Tuesday against the Royals. He gave up five runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. His 41 points per game, a composite stat created by Bill James in an attempt to rank starts, was his third-lowest of the year. (He posted his second-lowest total in the previous timeout, on June 15 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.)
Detmers, a former top 10 player who turns 23 on July 8, now has a season lineup that includes a 4.66 ERA (86 ERA+) and a strike-to-walk ratio of 2.10. Due to not attacking, he had a 3.77 ERA and a 2.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Angels, 33-38 in the regular season, have been sifting through players in recent weeks, trying to find at least short-term answers. Indeed, Detmers is the third of the last four Angels starting pitchers to be demoted after his appearance, joining Kenny Rosenberg and Jose Suarez, who were scheduled to be returned to the minors after serving as the 27th last Saturday. th player in the doubleheader.
The Angels have just three starting pitchers on their roster of 40 players: Jonathan Diaz, Davis Daniel and Chase Silseth. Daniel is the only one of the three who hasn’t started with the Angels this season.