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Matt Shoemaker | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Matt Shoemaker delivered a terrific performance in a no-decision against the Royals in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday, surrendering just an unearned run on five hits over six strong innings.
Making his return to the hill after recovering from an oblique injury, the rookie right-hander struck out six and didn’t issue a walk on the night. The only damage against him came in the second inning where Eric Hosmer singled, advanced on an error and scored on a run-scoring knock off the bat of Alex Gordon. The 28-year-old posted a dominant 16-4 record, 3.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 124/24 K/BB ratio over 136 innings in the regular season, and if his first postseason start is any indication, he plans on continuing that dominance through October. Oct 4 - 1:28 AM

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Matt Shoemaker will start Friday's Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Royals.

There was some question as to whether Shoemaker's oblique would cooperate, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia made the announcement that Shoemaker would get the ball Friday. He'll be opposed by Yordano Ventura for the Royals. The Angels are rolling with a three-man rotation during the series, so Shoemaker may also be an option for a potential Game 5, should the series that last long.
Oct 1 - 6:18 PM

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) said Tuesday that he has "no doubt at all" he'll be able to pitch in the ALDS.

Shoemaker threw another successful bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon, taking breaks to simulate a multi-inning outing. The right-hander hasn't pitched in a game since September 15 due to an oblique strain, but he seems likely to be the Angels' Game 3 starter against the winner of Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game.
Sep 30 - 4:52 PM

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

He'll take breaks to simulate multiple innings. Shoemaker hasn't pitched since September 16 with an oblique strain, but appears likely to start Game 3 of the ALDS.
Sep 30 - 3:31 PM

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch Monday without issue and will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

The hope is that Shoemaker will be ready to start for the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS on October 5. He's been out since September 16 with an oblique strain. Anaheim will go with Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in the first two games of the Division Series.
Sep 29 - 3:24 PM

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) said after completing a bullpen session Sunday that he remains "very confident" he'll be able to pitch in the ALDS.

Shoemaker threw 30-40 pitches at near full intensity. While he admitted to having a little bit of tightness, he thinks it's something he'll be able to pitch through. The right-hander has been out since September 16 with a left oblique strain, but it's looking like he could be ready to start by October 5 in ALDS Game 3. The Halos have Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson set up for the first two games.
Sep 28 - 2:59 PM

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) extended his long toss work on Saturday.

Shoemaker has been sidelined since September 16 with a left oblique strain. Along with the extended long toss, he did some simulated throwing work from a mound on Saturday. There is a good chance that he may be able to pitch for the Angels in the postseason.
Sep 27 - 6:37 PM

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch for the fifth consecutive day on Friday and remains optimistic of returning shortly.

This time he was able to long toss from a distance of 150 feet. While it doesn't appear that he will make it back before the end of the regular season, the Halos appear to have an opening for the third game of the postseason after Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson that Shoemaker would love to occupy. Provided that he continues to progress, that looks like a strong possibility.
Sep 26 - 7:40 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that the chances of Matt Shoemaker (oblique) pitching this week are "very remote."

The good news is that Shoemaker played catch Monday and Scioscia said he's "very encouraged" about the right-hander's chances of being ready for the postseason. The Angels would obviously prefer the rookie right-hander getting a tune-up before the playoffs, but obviously the main goal is to have him available for postseason play, and it sounds like they will.
Sep 22 - 8:26 PM

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) reported improvement Wednesday, but still feels some soreness.

Shoemaker left Monday's start against the Mariners with a "very mild" left oblique strain. The Angels are confident that he'll be ready for the postseason, but he's not going to throw until he's 100 percent.
Sep 17 - 6:37 PM

Matt Shoemaker has been diagnosed with a "very mild" left oblique strain.

Shoemaker had to exit Monday's outing with the injury. The Angels are calling him day-to-day, with the right-hander saying he's "very optimistic" about being ready for the postseason. Still, he will miss at least one start, with one late-season tune-up before the playoffs probably representing the best-case scenario.
Sep 16 - 7:06 PM

Matt Shoemaker will undergo an MRI after leaving Monday's start with a "little" discomfort on the left side of his rib cage.

Shoemaker allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings against the Mariners before exiting. He said after the game that he's not overly concerned, but naturally the Angels aren't going to take any chances.
Sep 16 - 8:27 AM

Matt Shoemaker yielded only five hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings in an 8-1 victory over the Mariners on Monday.

Shoemaker allowed five hits, but he didn't walk anyone. He struck out five. Shoemaker is one of the hottest pitchers in the game right now; he's won seven straight decisions and came into the game with a 1.32 ERA across his last seven outings. Shoemaker improved to 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA. He's going to show up on plenty Rookie of the Year ballots. Shoemaker squares off against the Rangers on Saturday.
Sep 16 - 1:10 AM

Matt Shoemaker rebounded from last Friday's poor showing to hold the Rangers to one run in 6 2/3 innings in Wednesday's victory.

After getting a couple of first-inning runs, Shoemaker had it easy in this one against the depleted Rangers offense. He allowed seven hits, but all were singles and he didn't walk anyone. He struck out two. Shoemaker improved to 15-4 with a 3.16 ERA. He's not going to win Rookie of the Year, but he'll place second or third on a bunch of ballots.
Sep 10 - 11:59 PM

Matt Shoemaker lasted just four innings and gave up three runs Friday versus the Twins.

Quite a comedown for a guy who entered the night on a 21 2/3-inning scoreless streak over his previous three starts. Shoemaker allowed six hits, walked three and struck out just two in this one. Oswaldo Arcia homered off him. The Angels really can't afford to have Shoemaker wear down now; they may not need him overly much this month, but he's a huge part of their October plans. He's due to face the Rangers next.
Sep 6 - 12:56 AM