Yu Darvish

Angels lose 8-3, with another poor effort by a starting pitcher

Angels lose 8-3, with another poor effort by a starting pitcher

Mike Trout is still here. The offense is pretty productive, notwithstanding the Angels’ 8-3 loss Thursday to the Texas Rangers. There is no shame in getting shut out by Yu Darvish for seven innings.

But the Angels this year will go as far as their starting pitching can take them, and the early results are not encouraging.

The Angels’ starters have a 6.00 earned-run average — the highest in the major leagues, as of Thursday afternoon. Throw out the one scoreless start from ace Garrett Richards, who is on the disabled list with no timetable for his return, and the Angels’ starters have a 6.60 ERA.

“You’re not going to finish well if that’s going to be the rule of how...

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