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The death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has shocked the MLB and the rest of the baseball world. He was set to play against the Texas Rangers just hours before his passing on 1 July. Consequently, the LA Angels and Texas Rangers game was postponed. Additionally, all Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels betting counted as no action.
Tyler Skaggs was a regular pitcher for the LA Angeles having started 15 games in the 2019 Regular Season. He started his MLB career with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2012 to 2013 before playing for the LA Angels.
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According to the online sportsbook news in the US, the LA Angels pitcher was found unconscious at a Hilton Hotel in Dallas. However, the police are ruling out foul play. His team were scheduled to play the first series against the Texas Rangers before the devastating news. Consequently, the Monday night game with the rest of the series likely to be affected.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) July 1, 2019
The Texas Rangers were among those in the MLB community to express their condolences. In an official statement, they offered their “deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss.”
The Los Angeles Angels could likely slip up following loss of their top pitcher
Since 2016, Skaggs was a regular for the LA Angeles completing 96 games, 28 wins and 38 losses. He also managed to persevere with the team despite many injury scares. Tyler Skaggs had a promising start to the 2019 Regular Season becoming one of the teams pitching leaders. The LA Angels pitcher had the best IP of 79.2 in the team after 15 games.
Additionally, he had recorded the most strikeouts at 78 and a decent ERA of 4.29. Tyler Skaggs was a crucial component for his team and his loss could affect the Los Angeles Angels betting projections for 2019. Currently, they lowest odds of winning the American League with Los Angeles Angels betting odds at +6600 on 888sports.
Unfortunately, the LA Angels also aren’t favored to be the 2019 MLB winners. Their odds of doing so 888sports, an available online sportsbooks in the US are +12500. Nevertheless, Tyler Skaggs has definitely left behind a legacy in the MLB. According to the LA Angels, he “has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family.”