LA Angels Hansel Robles doesn’t know if he is coming or going
By David Rice
The LA Angels have been known over the past few years as a team that played by the book under former manager Mike Scioscia. But times they are a changin’ …
The LA Angels took a big step into the new baseball trends last Sunday when they decided to use reliever Hansel Robles as the opener in their series finale against the Seattle Mariners. Robles was up to the task retiring the side in order in the first inning setting up original starter, Jaime Barria, with the opportunity to avoid the top of the Mariners order which helped him make it to the seventh inning.
Hansel Robles has been up to task almost every time he is called upon for that matter so far this season. Robles has been used as an opener, a set-up man and also a closer within the first month of the season. For Robles it doesn’t seem to matter what part of the game he pitches in, he is has been very effective in all situations.
So far this season Robles has taken the mound a total of 12 times and he has only been scored upon in two of those outings. Robles has given up just four runs in 11.1 innings good enough for a 3.18 ERA. He has held opposing hitters to a minuscule .186 batting average and has a WHIP of 0.97. Robles has struck out 16 batters and only walked three (more than 5 to 1 ratio).
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In the last 10 days Robles has recorded a save, a hold, and started a game. This past week Robles pitched four perfect innings not allowing any hits or runs and striking out five batters as well.
All of this for a guy who the Angels claimed off the waiver wire last June from the New York Mets and has found a home in the Angels bullpen.
For his efforts this past week Robles is the Halo Hangout Angels pitcher of the week. Not only has Robles done well on the mound he now has some star power with an entrance video made in his honor set to the music that professional wrestler “The Undertaker”. Take a look below courtesy of @SNYtv Twitter Account.
If Robles continues to pitch this well over the next few months it will go a long in solidifying a bullpen that was a liability in 2018.