LA Angels: 3 discouraging signs from the Freeway series
By Evan Desai
No. 2 discouraging sign from the Freeway Series for the LA Angels: The bullpen’s inconsistencies continue
The LA Angels’ bullpen still can’t seem to pull it together.
On Friday, the Angels’ bullpen looked great. Patrick Sandoval did his thing to start the game off, and then Jose Quijada, Sam Selman, and Austin Warren came in and were lights out. In fact, Warren even got the win.
Raisel Iglesias got the save, and things looked bright.
Then, Saturday came along, and the bullpen blew it. Jaime Barria wasn’t great to start the game, but still went six innings and left the game with a 3-3 tie.
Quijada looked good again, and then Junior Guerra came in and gave up two runs in just a third of an inning. Jose Quintana came in after that and did his job, but the bullpen played a major role in the loss.
On Sunday, all hell broke loose. The bullpen gave up three earned runs in three innings thanks to disappointing performances from Packy Naughton and Mike Mayers.
The Angels have the fifth-highest ERA of any bullpen in the American League (4.63), and the third-worst WHIP (1.42). The Angels’ pen has allowed a .249 batting average to opposing hitters. The only AL bullpen worse is the Tigers who allow a .250 batting average against them.