The LA Angels most effective pitcher in 2017 was Yusmeiro Petit. Petit filled in as closer and set-up man during the season and was also the club’s long man at times. Petit thrived for the Angels almost every time he was put in the game.
Unfortunately the LA Angels will now have to see Petit pitching against them in 2018 as the Oakland A’s have snatched him off the free agent market by signing him to a two-year deal worth reportedly 12 million dollars. There is also a club option for a third year.
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Petit put himself on the map with a strong performance in the 2014 World Series and proceeding playoff run of the San Francisco Giants. Petit went 3-0 with a a 1.42 ERA pitching 12.2 innings with 13 strikeouts and a 0.868 WHIP.
This year with the Angels Petit was 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA and he also had four saves. Petit logged 91.1 innings and struck out 101 batters. His WHIP was a sparkling 0.953 as Petit only walked 18 batters.
Petit went multiple innings numerous times and a lot of times was used as a stop-gap when the Angels starters failed to go six innings. For his efforts Petit was named Co-MVP for the Angels along with Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons. Pretty exclusive company next to best player in baseball and also the best defensive shortstop in the game who also found his stroke in a big way this season.
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The Angels will have a big hole to fill in their bullpen now that Petit is gone. Still left is out there is Bud Norris who was a key part of the Angels bullpen as well. However, it doesn’t seem that the Angels have much interest in Norris returning. Norris and Petit were both non-roster invites to Spring Training and both pitched well enough in the Spring to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster.
So Mr. Eppler, I have learned not to question your moves/non-moves, but I will say this. The ball is in your court now to find some pitchers to replace what we lost in the bullpen. I’m sure you are more than up for the challenge, Biily.