The Anaheim Angels signed Kelvim Escobar to a three-year, $18.75 million contract this past offseason, hoping he would help solidify their starting rotation. Thus far, the hard-throwing right-hander hasn’t done the job.
Winless in his first three starts for Anaheim, Escobar will try for a breakthrough performance with his new team when the Angels resume a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics at Network Associates Coliseum.
Escobar, who peaked Anaheim’s interest by going 13-9 with a career-high 159 strikeouts for Toronto last year, has been reached for nine runs and 23 hits over 17 2-3 innings in his first three outings. On Sunday, he surrendered four runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 7-1 loss to Oakland.
Escobar hasn’t been shaken by the suspect start to his Angels career.
“I feel good and I think I’m throwing the ball very well. I just think I need to get a few breaks and everything’s going to be fine,” Escobar said.
After the three-game set in Oakland, the Angels travel to Detroit and Minnesota.
Eric Byrnes hit a two-run homer for the A’s, who had their two-game win streak snapped.
Oakland starter Barry Zito was pounded for a career-high nine runs and 10 hits over four innings.