The LA Angels have had one of the most solid bullpens in the majors for most of the season. While Cam Bedrosian has been a key part of it at some points, he has not been the same pitcher in a while, and has continued his downward trend.
The LA Angels are just one game out of the Wild Card. They have been stalemated with the Twins for nearly two weeks now, and are looking to gain ground as they wrap up their series against the Oakland Athletics this week.
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In the first game of the series, the bullpen was lockdown after Andrew Heaney pitched six spectacular innings, allowing just one run. Keynan Middleton and Yusmeiro Petit both recorded holds, while Blake Parker came in for the save.
The notable absence was Cam Bedrosian. Over the past week, Bedrosian has made three outings for the Halos. In those three starts, opposing batters are hitting for .308. He has allowed three runs while walking two batters. He has shown the potential to still be dominant with his four strikeouts.
Bedrosian has also blown a save in his only opportunity over the past week.
If the Angels were not in the midst of an extremely tight playoff race, it would be smart to let the youngster eat innings while figuring out his mechanics. However, with so many teams on the Angels backs, it may be time for Mike Scioscia to sit Bedrosian during any type of high-leverage situation.
With so many other relievers pitching well recently, Berdosian is the odd man out. Parker, Middleton, Petit, Jose Alavarez, and Jesse Chavez have all combined to not allow any runs over the past seven days.
Even Bud Norris, who had Halo fans begging for his release a month ago, is improving. In his last three outings, he has allowed just one run on a solo shot. He is still allowing a lot of hits, but has gotten out of right innings.
The Angels have the bullpen to make a solid run at the postseason. However, Bedrosian has not performed well enough to warrant playing time. While sending him down wouldn’t be worthwhile, the Angels have plenty of other options to use in tight games.