Heaney signed a one-year, $3.4 million contract with the Angels on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Heaney has spent time in the majors during each of the past five seasons, with his 30-start campaign in 2018 leading to a sizable pay raise for the southpaw. The 27-year-old had a 4.15 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 over 180 innings last season, and is set to enter 2019 as a key piece of the Angels' starting rotation.
Heaney tossed seven innings of two-run ball Wednesday, giving up seven hits and two walks while racking up 10 strikeouts in a no-decision against Texas. Heaney rebounded in fine fashion from his rough start against the Astros last time out (six runs over three innings). It was the 27-year-old's fifth outing in which he went at least seven frames while recording double-digit strikeouts. The southpaw did surrender a pair of round trippers for the third consecutive start, bumping his rate up to 1.4 HR/9 on the year. Outside of a pedestrian home-run rate, Heaney's other averages (4.15 ERA, 9.0 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9) have been solid through 180 healthy innings this season.
Heaney (9-10) took the loss against the Astros on Friday, allowing six earned runs, five hits and three walks over three innings. He struck out five. Heaney needed 60 pitches to complete three frames, and all six of the runs he allowed came off the bat of Yuli Gurriel via two home runs. Heaney has now allowed multiple homers in four of his last six starts, and his ERA increased to 4.21 on the year after Friday's outing. He'll look to bounce back in his next start, which is currently scheduled for Wednesday against the Rangers.
Heaney allowed two earned runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four across five innings Saturday against the Mariners. He did not factor into the decision. Heaney allowed two solo home runs in his final frame to account for both of his earned runs. After striking out a season-best 12 batters in his last start, Heaney didn't duplicate that dominance but limited the damage by allowing one extra-base hit -- besides the home runs -- and handing out only one free pass. He's now allowed two earned runs across his last 12 innings and he'll look to keep the solid stretch going in his next start, likely to come Friday at the Astros.
Heaney (9-9) threw seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out 12 while picking up the win against the White Sox on Sunday. Heaney displayed excellent command throughout his outing, tossing 70 of 96 pitches for strikes and recording his season high in punchouts. He managed to bounce back from a loss his last time out, when he surrendered four runs over six innings to the Rangers on Tuesday. Heaney owns a 3.98 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with a 161:40 K:BB over 165 frames this season.