Angels Bullpen Failure Reaching Critical Stage

A short five days ago I wrote about the Angels biggest weakness, their bullpen. I wrote that post after Garret Richards had a victory stolen from him after pitching six great shutout innings, and leaving with a solid lead, only to have the bullpen squander the lead, and thought the Angels won the game, a less deserving pitcher was awarded the win.

Since that game, the bullpen has continued to flounder, and yesterday’s embarrassing loss to Cleveland should be the absolutely final straw for Mike Scioscia giving the ball to

Ernesto Frieri as the closer, and the final game in an Angels' uniform for Cam Bedrosian.

Yesterday morning, in balmy Cleveland, the Angels broke a one-one tie in the tenth inning with two runs, and went into the bottom of the tenth leading 3-1. Enter Bedrosian, who proceeded to get one out while loading the bases on two walks surrounding a double. Enter Frieri, who did retire the first batter he faced. but then up to the plate stepped 200-hitting Steve Swisher, who in 55 prior games this
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season had hit four homer runs and driven across 20. All he did against Frieri was hit a game-winning grand slam.

Since I wrote about how the club needed desperately to use someone else, anyone else, as its closer, Frieri has appeared twice, allowing two runs while recording four outs. That’s

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and ERA of 13 and a half. Meanwhile, Bedrosian has proven beyond a reasonable doubt, with his 14.29 ERA, and perhaps unprecedented 2.65 WHIP, that he is NOT a major league pitcher,

After yesterday's game, Scioscia said that his choice of relievers was what he deemed "matchup based", and that as far as Bedrosian was concerned, that he felt that he
was a “fresh look” for the Indians. He has also said that he does not now have a set closer.

Well, he needs to find one. As I wrote the other day, from what he has on the roster now, his number one choice should be Kevin Jepsen, but GM Jerry Dipoto should be searching far and wide for someone, anyone, who can take over the Angels’ closer job. Few pitchers currently toiling in the majors could possibly do worse jobs than Frieri or Bderosian.

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