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LA Angels Player Grades: Mike Trout Dominant in Series Win Over Rangers

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 06: Mike Trout #27 is congratulated by Jesus Feliciano #62 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 6, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 06: Mike Trout #27 is congratulated by Jesus Feliciano #62 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 6, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 05: Cody Allen #37 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after earning a save in the ninth inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 5, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 05: Cody Allen #37 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after earning a save in the ninth inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 5, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Relief Pitchers

Luke Bard: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Bard had two separate outings this weekend, both very different in terms of effectiveness. His first came in the series opener, when he was the first reliever out for Matt Harvey. He pitched two innings and allowed one run on two hits and a walk.

His second outing was much better, as he threw a perfect inning with three strikeouts. It was a nice bounce back performance from Bard, who is proving the Angels made the right choice in taking a chance on him.

Grade: B-

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Noe Ramirez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

Ramirez also had two outing this weekend, though neither were overly inspiring. He didn’t allow a run to cross, which was nice, but he didn’t appear dominant by any means. That being said, he got the job done and zero runs over two innings is something we will take every time.

Grade: B

Cam Bedrosian: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

After starting the season looking like a new pitcher, Bedrosian had his first bad outing on Thursday, when he allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in his one inning of work. However, Bedrosian rebounded throwing a scoreless inning in his next outing. Four strikeouts total for this series is also a plus.

Grade: D+

Cody Allen: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

Allen got work in two games, throwing one inning to end the Angels’ loss on Thursday night, then picked up his first save as a Halo on Friday. He only had one strikeout in his two outings, and with concerns about his dipping velocity, that is something to monitor going forward. However, his experience working in late innings has been beneficial thus far.

Grade: B

Justin Anderson: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

What a weekend from Justin Anderson, who showed just how dominant he can be for this Angels team. In his first outing, he went 1.1 innings with a walk and a strikeout, but the real performance came in his follow-up outing.

Anderson entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs. The Angels had a decent lead at the time, but one bad pitch could have changed that entirely. Anderson came in and shut down the next three batters, including two strikeouts with his superior fastball. It was a phenomenal weekend for Anderson, who could see an increased role soon if he keeps this up.

Grade: A+

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Hansel Robles: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

This was a nice bounce back for Robles after a rough outing against the Mariners earlier in the week. Despite giving up two hits, he looked solid in both his outings, and striking out the majority of batters he faced is always a plus.

Grade: A-

Ty Buttery: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

Once again, Buttrey showed why he has earned the trust of Brad Ausmus as the team’s go-to guy in high leverage situations. He pitched a shutout inning in the team’s 3-1 victory Monday, taking down the heart of the Rangers’ lineup. Then, on Sunday, Buttrey pitched another shutout 0.2 innings en route to another Halo victory.

Grade: A

Luis Garcia: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

Despite a solid weekend of hitless pitching from Garcia, he still doesn’t seem to be all there. That’s not a slight towards him, but he has elite potential out of the bullpen, and his strikeout rate isn’t quite where it could be. Overall, however, an exceptional weekend for Garcia.

Grade: B

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