The Los Angeles Angels Bullpen Keeps Singing the Blues
By Adrian Arvizu
Almost every year we wonder, who’s going to come out the Los Angeles Angels pen when the starter is done? Many fans have awed and mourned at relief pitchers. The staff so far has been great and struggled at the same time.
Talk about being two faced, the bullpen (in a nutshell) has been border line mediocre and kept the Angels from losing games. It seems like a flip of a coin whenever the bullpen comes into play.
We can cut the bullpen some slack, the Los Angeles Angels relievers have been so over worked, they might as well convert a few guys into starters. The Bullpen is ranked in 18th in ERA and rank 9th in innings pitched.
That is not bad by any means necessary, since the bullpen has gotten the case of injured players like Cory Rasmus and Joe Smith.
Its not sunshine’s and rainbows for the Los Angeles Angels bullpen. They have a lack of endurance that has led a down fall, forcing the bullpen to being 12th in the MLB with most earned runs. Plus, with Huston Street being out of sorts from an injury the Los Angles Angels have dropped to the 22nd spot in most saves.
Fernando Salas has been leaned on pretty heavily by the Los Angeles Angels and he’s a viable back-up, but clearly something needs to change from the inside.
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A solid solution could be starting pitching! Yes, seems like we haven’t had any in a while, ever since Matt Shoemaker stole the ace role in the rotation he’s been on fire. If Hector Santiago or Jhoulys Chacin can muster up the strength and become their former selves the bullpen wouldn’t be so tired.
Also, the relievers lack one simple thing and that’s consistency. Whenever someone takes the mound it seems every fan is on their hands and knees hoping that a reliever doesn’t blow the game.
The walks haven’t been an issue but it is the hits and the fact runners come around to score in the end is what really make the Los Angeles Angels bullpen scary. With no runners on we have complete faith, but when someone is even on first the chance is that they will give a run.
The ups and downs are perfect resemblance of the Los Angeles Angels season. Now with a few players returning hopefully the bullpen can get the support it so desperately deserves.