The MLB All-star break is here. Halo Hangout will be handing out their midseason grades on how the LA Angels players have done thus far.
LA Angels Blake Parker‘s Jekyll-and-Hyde routine has more or less evened out. Since the beginning of May, Parker’s logged 29 innings with a 2.17 ERA, and given up just 19 hits and three home runs while striking out 35, and converted 9 of 11 save opportunities. Being Blake Parker, those three homers came in back-to-back-to-back outings, giving up 5 runs in 4.1 innings over a three game stretch.
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And that’s the fear with Blake Parker: you never know who’s going to show up, the unhittable flamethrower who’ll go a week in between hits, or the combustable gas can who’s lobbing batting practice to the opposition. It’s impossible to tell if Parker’s back to being the Parker who was so dominant last season, or when he’ll revert back to the arsonist that he was in April. The good thing for both the Angels and Parker is that the Angels don’t really have any other options at closer.
Parker is a feel good story as he wasn’t expecting to even make the Angels last season and was living in his RV for the first part of the season and now he is their closer.
Hopefully the Angels can give Parker more chances in the second half of the season.
Mid-Season Grade: B
As the Angel’s offense has dried up, Parker’s getting fewer save opportunities, but that’s not Parker’s fault. He’s turned his season around, his peripherals look solid, and he’s been finding the strike zone more often.
The Angels need to keep him from melting down when men get on base, but other than that, he’s mostly done what he’s supposed to. The bad April weighs heavy on his grade, but if he keeps doing what he was doing the last two months, that’ll be a much higher grade by the end of the season.