Canning lasted just 1.1 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Monday, giving up three earned runs on two hits, striking out two and walking six as the Angels eventually came back to win 9-6. The 23-year-old couldn't find the strike zone in this contest, as he issued a season-high six free passes before getting chased from the game after tossing 50 pitches. It was the second straight start in which he's been roughed up, as Canning was tagged for six earned by the Rangers in the last start. He's seen his ERA jump from 3.79 to 4.75 over that stretch, although his 1.19 WHIP and 71:23 K:BB remain respectable. He'll look to right the ship in his next start, which is scheduled for a Saturday road matchup against the Mariners.
Canning (3-5) was charged with the loss Thursday against the Rangers after surrendering six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over 3.1 innings. Canning struck out the side in the first inning but soon ran into trouble in the second by loading the bases with a pair of singles and a walk. Luckily, the only run that scored came from a sacrifice fly by Asdrubal Cabrera. In the third, Canning surrendered a two-run double to Nomar Mazara. The right-hander then allowed a two-run homer to Rougned Odor in the fourth and was pulled after allowing another pair of hits following his 85th pitch. What started out strong turned out to be a sloppy outing despite the six punchouts. The 24-year-old will take a 4.43 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 69:17 K:BB into the All-Star break.
Canning (3-4) picked up the win Thursday after holding the A's to two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out six over six innings. Of the trio of hits Canning allowed, two were solo home runs accounting for the only significant damage of the night. The 23-year-old had allowed 13 runs in 23.1 innings over his last four starts, so it was reassuring to see him breeze past a solid A's lineup. Of course, it helped having his offense at full strength for the first time this season, as all nine starters recorded hits and provided generous run support. Canning has proven himself as a reliable starter for the Angels, lasting six innings in five of his last six starts. The right-hander will carry a 3.79 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 63:14 K:BB into Tuesday showdown at the Rangers.
Canning is scheduled to make his next start Thursday at home against the Athletics. Due to an off day Monday, the Angels had the opportunity to reorder their rotation, but they'll elect to break in a new fifth starter (Jaime Barria) for Wednesday's series finale with the Reds rather than waiting until the weekend to do so. As a result, Canning will return to the hill Thursday on five days' rest instead of his normal four and draw a different opponent than fantasy managers may have anticipated heading into the week. The extra day of rest should at least prove beneficial to Canning, who has surrendered 13 runs in 23.1 innings over his last four starts.
Canning (2-3) allowed four runs on six hits and struck out seven over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Rays. Canning yielded a run in the first inning, two in the second and a fourth run in the fifth on a solo home run to center field. He's turned in a quality start in two of his last four outings, but he wasn't able to get the job done Sunday. The right-hander owns a 3.93 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 54 punchouts across 50.1 innings this season.