Grading the LA Angels 2021 bullpen: The good
No. 4 2021 bullpen pitcher for the LA Angels: Steve Cishek--B-
Steve Cishek wasn't without his faults for the LA Angels this season, but he overall did a good job. He walked too many guys (5.4 per nine) and gave up too many hits (8 per nine), but he didn't give up too many runs.
He posted a 3.42 ERA and only allowed 0.3 home runs per nine innings. He's worth signing for a cheap deal this offseason.
No. 3 2021 bullpen pitcher for the LA Angels: Mike Mayers--B
Mike Mayers quietly had a good year for our LA Angels. One of the best relievers we had, he recorded a 3.53 ERA and a 3.29 SIERA.
The former third round pick has been very good since coming over to the Angels for the 2020 season, recording a 135 ERA+ since then.
No. 2 2021 bullpen pitcher for the LA Angels: Austin Warren--B+
Austin Warren didn't pitch a ton for the LA Angels this season (appeared in just 16 games), but he was so good when he was out there that I'd absolutely have him as the second-best Angels reliever. He recorded an awesome 1.77 ERA to go along with a great 2.09 FIP.
Holding guys to just a .205 batting average and recording a 1.033 WHIP, Warren has a bright future.
No. 1 2021 bullpen pitcher for the LA Angels: Raisel Iglesias--A+
There's really nothing negative anyone can say about Raisel Iglesias and his performance for the 2021 LA Angels. He established himself as one of the best closers in baseball, finishing 2021 with 34 saves and a 2.57 ERA. That's even better than his dominant 2020, which swayed the Halos to go out and sign Iglesias.
Iglesias struck out a career-high 13.2 batters per nine innings and only walked 1.5 hitters per nine frames. He's worth the bag we just handed him. While the Angel bullpen is nothing special, Iglesias was sensational.
Now that we added Loup, this back-end is going to be ferocious. The Halo bullpen was disappointing this year, but should be better next year once Chris Rodriguez comes back from injury.