Matthew David Shoemaker...Twitter: @MattShoe52...attended Trenton High School in Michigan before going to Eastern Michigan University...played for the US national team in the 2011 Baseball World Cup in Panama and the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico...lives in Rockwood, MI in the offseason with his wife, Danielle and kids, Brady, Emmy and Beckett; and dog, Samson...spends his offseasons golfing, hunting and fishing...is a Detroit Lions fan.
Made six starts for Toronto, going 0-1 with a 4.71 ERA (28.2 IP, 15 ER), nine walks, 26 strikeouts, a 1.08 WHIP and .210 opponent batting average (22-for-105)...Held left-handed batters to a .194 (12-for-62) batting average, the 10th-best mark among American League right-handed starting pitchers (min. 60 opponent at-bats)...Limited opposing hitters to a .136 (3-for-22) batting average in scoring position, tops among AL starters and seventh best in the league overall (min. 20 opponent at-bats)...Posted a 3.38 ERA (16.0 IP, 6 ER) in three day starts compared to a 6.39 ERA (12.2 IP, 9 ER) in three night starts...Missed time from Aug. 22-Sept. 21 on the 10-day Injured List with right shoulder inflammation.
Made five starts before landing on the injured list on April 21 with a left knee sprain for the remainder of the season...Underwent ACL reconstruction and medial meniscus repair with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL, on April 30... His three wins at the time of his injury trailed only Marco Gonzales (4) and Tyler Glasnow (4) for the MLB lead...His 1.57 ERA then ranked 4th best in the Majors and 2nd in the AL... Won his 1st start as a Blue Jay on March 29 vs. DET...Retired each of the first 10 batters he faced to begin his Toronto career…Tossed 7.0 innings, his longest outing since April 20, 2017 at HOU (7.0 IP)…Was his longest scoreless start since a complete game shutout on July 16, 2016 vs. CWS…Finished with two hits allowed, two walks and seven strikeouts... Recorded his 2nd two-hit, 7.0-inning scoreless start in a row on April 3 vs. BAL, in which he also recorded his 500th career strikeout...Became the only MLB pitcher (since 1908) with 7+ IP, two hits or fewer given up, and no runs allowed in each of his first two games of a season...Also became the first Blue Jays pitcher with consecutive scoreless outings of 7+ IP since Marcus Stroman in 2014 (July 19-24)... Claimed his 1st road win on April 9 at BOS, allowing 4R/2ER over 5.2 IP (5H, 2BB, 4K) to set his ERA at 0.92...Became the 4th pitcher in team history with three wins and a sub-1.00 ERA in the first three starts of a season, joining Mark Buehrle in 2014 (0.86), Roger Clemens in 1997 (0.42) and Jeff Musselman in 1988 (0.87)... Took a no-decision on April 15 at MIN as he gave up three runs on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts over 6.0frames... Left after the 3rd inning in his last start, on April 20 at OAK, having suffered a left knee injury in a rundown.
Made just one start (March 31 at OAK) before landing on the DL the next day with a right forearm strain ... Pitched one rehab start for Advanced-A Inland Empire on Aug. 29 vs. Lake Elsinore (4.0+ IP, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K) ... Was activated off the DL on Sept. 3 and pitched five scoreless innings in Texas (2H, 1BB, 3K) ... Played in his 100th career game (92nd start) on Sept. 25 vs. TEX (5.0 IP, 4H, 1ER, 0BB, 7K) ... Finished 2018 with a 2-2 record and a 4.94 ERA over seven starts.
Limited to 14 starts for Angels after suffering right forearm strain June 14 vs. New York (A.L.) ... Following a July 4 rehab start for Adv.-A Inland Empire, was seen by team physicians and diagnosed with posterior interosseous nerve syndrome ... Went 6-0 with a 3.56 ERA (52.2 IP - 18 ER) in night games, compared with a 0-3 record and 6.95 ERA (22 IP - 17 ER) in day games ... In final seven starts of season, went 5-1 with a 3.86 ERA (39.2 IP - 17 ER) with 35 strikeouts and 10 walks ... Won three consecutive starts, May 12-23...Only Angels pitcher to win three straight starts in 2017.
Set single-season career-highs for Angels in innings pitched (160) and strikeouts (143)...In last nine home starts, was 5-1 with a 1.35 ERA (66.2 IP - 10 ER) with 77 strikeouts and seven walks...Since 1913, became fi rst pitcher with 60+ strikeouts, two-or-fewer walks and an ERA under 1.00 in a six-start span (May 21 - July 16) at home (STATS LLC)...His 10 starts with no walks ranked fourth in A.L...In final 21 starts, was 8-8 with a 2.93 ERA (135.1 IP - 44 ER), 126 strikeouts and 19 walks…In previous six starts of the year, was 1-5 with a 9.12 ERA (24.2 IP - 25 ER) to begin the season...Pitched to a 2.83 ERA (130.1 IP - 41 ER) from May 21 through end of season...Ranked fourth in A.L. in that span (min. 100 IP)...Named American League Player of the Week on July 18 aft er tossing fi rst career complete game and shutout in start on July 16 vs. White Sox with six hits allowed, no walks and a career-high 13 strikeouts on 115 pitches...Became fi rst pitcher in Angels history with 10+ strikeouts and zero walks in consecuti ve starts (May 21 and 27)...Had streak of 49 strikeouts without a walk snapped June 11 vs. Cleveland with 7th inning walk to Carlos Santana; established Angels franchise record (previously Frank Tanana - 30 strikeouts without a walk in 1976)…Since 1974, his streak ti es Pedro Marti nez for third longest in the Majors behind only Curt Schilling (56 in 2002) and Greg Maddux (53 in 2001)...Finished month of June with a 0-3 record and 2.14 ERA (42 IP - 10 ER) in six starts with 45 strikeouts and fi ve walks…Joined Pedro Marti nez (May 2006 for Mets) as only pitchers all-ti me to fi nish a month winless, with an ERA below 3.00 and 45+ strikeouts (STATS)...Exited fi nal start of season on Sept. 4 at Seatt le aft er being struck on right side of head by a line drive off bat of Kyle Seager...Readings of a CT scan showed a small skull fracture and small hematoma...Underwent successful surgery (Dr. Manuel Ferreira) at Seatt le's Harborview Medical Center to stop bleeding...Missed fi nal 26 games of season on disabled list.
Pitched in 25 games (24 starts) for Angels, with a 7-10 record and 4.46 ERA (135.1 IP - 67 ER). Had career-best streak of winning nine consecutive decisions snapped April 20 vs. Oakland… During that span, was 9-0 with a 1.92 ERA (61 IP - 13 ER) across 10 games (nine starts), dating back to August 9, 2014. On May 29 the Angels hosted a Matt Shoemaker bobblehead night. From July 21 - August 4, compiled a streak of 19 consecutive shutout innings and joined Nolan Ryan and John Lackey as the only Angels with three consecutive starts with zero runs allowed and seven-or-more strikeouts. Pitched to a 1.73 ERA (41.2 IP - 8 ER) in seven home starts from May 26 - August 4. Issued one-or-fewer walks in 14 of 24 starts, including four starts with zero walks allowed. 36 of 70 runs allowed scored on home runs (24 home runs allowed). Was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake August 16... Made one start for the Bees August 22 vs. Iowa and was charged with the loss aft er tossing six innings and allowing three runs (all unearned)... Recalled by Angels on August 27. Missed one start while on the bereavement list from April 22-29.
In 27 games (20 starts) for Angels, went 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA (136 IP - 46 ER) and 124 strikeouts...Established a new Angels franchise rookie record for wins (16) in a season...The previous record of 14 wins was held by Dean Chance (1962), Marcelino Lopez (1965) & Frank Tanana (1974)...The 16 wins tie Tom Seaver for the most in a season by a non-drafted, U.S. born rookie among players beginning their professional careers in the draft era...In final 14 games (12 starts), went 11-2 with a 2.09 ERA (82 IP - 19 ER)...Tied for American League lead in wins (Corey Kluber) in that span...Streak of seven consecutive wins (in decisions) from Aug. 9 - Sept. 15 was tied for longest in American League for the season...Exited start Sept. 15 vs. Seattle in 8th inning with an oblique injury...Did not appear in any of the Angels final 12 games to close the season...Was named the American League Pitcher of the Month and American League Rookie of the Month for Aug....Finished month with 6-1 record and 1.31 ERA (41.1 IP - 6 ER)...Led all A.L. pitchers in wins and ERA for the month and led all A.L. rookies in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, ERA, opponent batting average, fewest hits per nine innings and fewest walks per nine innings...Joined Dean Chance (1964) as only Angels pitchers to win six games in Aug...Since 2006, only four pitchers have collected at least six wins while allowing six-or-fewer runs in a month (Jered Weaver, April/May 2011, Justin Verlander, June 2011, Clayton Kershaw, June 2014, Matt Shoemaker, Aug. 2014)...Faced-off against a former All-Star starting pitcher in nine of 20 starts...Went 6-1 with a 1.92 ERA (56.1 IP - 12 ER) in those nine contests...Became first Angels rookie to win five straight starts (Aug. 9-31) since Jered Weaver won seven straight in 2006...Had streak of 23.2 consecutive scoreless innings pitched from Aug. 16-31...Marked second longest streak all-time by an Angels rookie...Bob Lee tossed 27 straight shutout frames from July 17 - Aug. 9, 1964 (ELIAS)...Pitched 7+ shutout innings in three straight starts (Aug. 21, 26 & 30) to become the first Angels pitcher to do so since Nolan Ryan in 1976-77...Had streak of 24.1 consecutive innings pitched without a walk from July 3 - Aug. 6th...Took no-hitter into 7th inning Aug. 21 at Boston before surrendering first hit of game with two outs in the 7th on double by Will Middlebrooks...Marked longest no-hit bid on road by an Angels pitcher since Ervin Santana no-hit Indians July 27, 2011...Recorded 57 strikeouts through the first 10 starts of his career, breaking club record of 56 (Bo Belinsky, 1962)...Set franchise record for most consecutive home starts (6) with zero losses and three-or-fewer earned runs allowed to start a Major League career...Set career-highs with eight innings pitched and 10 strikeouts June 17 at Cleveland...Became first Angels rookie with 10+ strikeouts in a start since Tim Fortugno July 25, 1992...Made five starts for Salt Lake in 2014 and went 1-0 with 26 strikeouts in 25.2 innings pitched.
Had contract selected by Angels on Sept. 16th after spending the entirety of 2013 minor league season with Triple-A Salt Lake... Made Major League debut and only appearance of the season on Sept. 20 vs. Seattle, tossing five shutout innings as a spot starter in place of Jered Weaver…Became second pitcher in Angels history to strike out five and allow no runs in MLB debut, joining Jered Weaver (May 27, 2006)... Became 15th player in AL history (seventh since 1935) to make only one pitching appearance in a season and toss at least five shutout innings…Three of last four to do so were Angels.