When the ninth inning came in Wednesday night’s game the LA Angels bullpen gate opened and an unusual song blared over the speakers at the Big “A”. An equally unusual video was played on the Jumbotron.
As the theme song used by the professional wrestler known as the “Undertaker” started playing the LA Angels new reliever sensation Hansel Robles came charging out of the bullpen like a rampaging bull. Robles then proceeded to retire the Brewers one-two-three to lock down the Angels sixth win in a row putting them over .500 at 7-6 for the season. A far cry from a week ago when they were off to a horrid 1-6 start to the season.
It was fitting that Robles was able to close the game out completing a three-game sweep of the Brewers to cap a 6-1 home stand for the Angels. Robles has been a key piece in a much-improved bullpen that has anchored the Angels six-game winning streak.
During the six-game winning streak the Angels bullpen has been outstanding. In the last six games the Angels bullpen has a 1.14 ERA allowing just three runs in 23.2 Innings with 26 strikeouts. Robles has been a key part of this transformation of the Angel bullpen from one that you never knew what to expect from them, to one of the most reliable bullpens in baseball so far this season.
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Robles has pitched 6.2 innings with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP with 10 strikeouts. He has picked up four holds. Robles also has one save during the 2019 season. Will Robles continue to pitch well this season and anchor the back end of the bullpen?
Robles has been one of those hidden gems that Angels general manager Billy Eppler is known for finding off the waiver wire. Robles throws close to 100 MPH with some nasty off-speed pitches as well. When the Angels claimed Robles off waivers from the Mets in late June of 2018, he was struggling with a 5.03 ERA.
After the Angels signed Robles, he pitched very well in 37 games posting a 2.97 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP. Robles struck out 36 strikeouts in 36 innings and allowed opponents to a .238 batting average. This year Robles has been even better and has been one of the team’s most reliable options out of the bullpen.
As far as the video goes when it came on the Jumbotron the 34,446 fans in attendance including yours truly were trying to figure out what was going on. The music came on and all of the sudden you see Robles signature white shoes running, but only from the knees down. Then you see a white horse running and candles lit with rose petals falling down.
Even some of the Angels were glancing at the scoreboard to see what was going on. When asked after the game about the video by Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, Angel manager Brad Ausmus said, “It was buzzworthy, but I always like uneventful save situations. I was very happy.”
Here is the Tweet from @AngelsPR of Hansel Robles’ Undertaker video entrance from Wednesday night.
That is the bottom line if Robles continues to be effective he can have a video with him dancing in a tutu and Ausmus and the Angel players won’t care. For now it will go down as one of the more interesting closer videos since Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman’s “Hells Bells” entrance he did every time he came in to save the day for the San Diego Padres.
Fellow Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera used to come in to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, but this is definitely very unique and Robles’ video has already gone viral (over one million views in less than two days). The only closer song I even remember for the Angels was Troy Percival, the Angels all-time save leader came into a song called “The Fireman” by George Strait however, he changed it multiple times during his career.
So the next time you are at an Angel game and hear some unusual music playing and see an equally unusual video you will know what’s happening, it’s just Hansel Robles coming to slam the door on an opposing team’s chance for a rally.