The Angels bullpen has been a glaring weakness the past couple of seasons. A major emphasis last off-season was to improve the bullpen, especially since the Angels have been forced to use it so much because of ineffective starting pitching.
To start the year the Angels thought they had a bona-fide closer in Cody Allen, but that lasted all of a month before injury and ineffectiveness. Enter Mexican-Born reliever Hansel Robles. White Horse and all. Cam Bedrosian has again stepped up as the primary set-up man along with Ty Buttrey and Noe Ramirez, Luis Garcia and Taylor Cole have all been key parts to the Angels bullpen.
The Angels will add Keynan Middleton to the pen as well. Middleton is getting some late season work this month. With a back-end of the bullpen anchored by Hansel Robles, Keynan Middleton, Ty Buttrey, and Cam Bedrosian next season it should be a strength again next season. Will the Angels try to get a lefty specialist or just roll without one as they have done this season? That could be the only question other than who are they going to keep from this year’s bullpen.
Grade – B