Canning won't start Sunday's game against the Dodgers as previously scheduled with the Angels eliminated from the playoffs, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. The Halos playoff hopes were alive, albeit slim, until Friday, and they'll now shut down the 24-year-old rather than risk potential injury during the last game of the season. Canning posted a 3.99 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 56:23 K:BB over 56.1 innings (11 starts) this season, and he should enter 2021 with a secure spot in the team's starting rotation.
Canning (2-3) earned the win over San Diego on Tuesday, pitching six innings and allowing one run on two hits and five walks while striking out 10. Canning was effectively wild in the contest, making up for his five walks by fanning a career-high 10 batters and allowing only two hits (both singles). He threw 64 of 108 pitches for strikes but kept the Padres on their heels, inducing 20 swings-and-misses. The right-hander picked up his third quality start of the campaign and continued a strong three-game stretch in which he has allowed five earned runs over 16.2 innings while racking up 22 strikeouts. He is unlikely to start again this season.
Canning (1-3) threw five innings Thursday, allowing one run on six hits while walking two and striking out seven during the Angels' 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks. Canning earned his first win of the season through 10 starts, matching his season high with seven strikeouts in doing so. It took him 104 pitches (64 strikes) to navigate five innings of work, but he should still be expected to take the mound Tuesday versus San Diego.
Canning allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over 5.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Rockies on Friday. He struck out five. Canning was on the hook for the loss until Jared Walsh's game-tying homer in the eighth inning. Location considered, it was a solid effort for Canning, who has a 4.57 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 39:16 K:BB across 45.1 innings this season. The 24-year-old righty still hasn't won a game in 2020 -- he'll try to correct that Thursday versus the Diamondbacks.
Canning didn't factor into the decision in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks over four innings in a 10-9 win. He struck out four. It was a bad evening for both pitching staffs, as the nightcap featured 13 runs as well, and Canning took his fair share of the lumps. The right-hander has only managed to complete five innings twice in his eight starts, which helps explain his 0-3 record, but his 4.54 ERA and 1.36 WHIP could be a lot worse under the circumstances. Canning's ratios will be in jeopardy in his next outing, however -- a road start Friday in Coors Field.