Angels Bullpen Getting The Job Done Despite Injuries

Updated: April 27, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels disabled list is filled with relief pitchers. It’s only April and Huston Street, Andrew Bailey, Cam Bedrosian, and Mike Morin are already sidelined. The injury to starter Garrett Richards forced their next best relief pitcher J.C. Ramirez into the rotation.

No one would’ve expected the Angels bullpen to pitch this well without basically any of their key options. A patchwork bullpen with only two pitchers Jose Alvarez and Brooks Pounders that were even on the 40-man roster on Opening Day.

Somehow they’ve battled through it and actually have a decent bullpen. As of Wednesday the Angels bullpen had a 4.20 ERA which ranks 18th in the Major Leagues. They’ve worked a heavy workload through the first month with 75 innings pitched. That’s a lot of innings, and is the third most pitched by any bullpen this season.

According to Maria Guardado, manager Mike Scioscia had this to say about the Halos bullpen this season. “I would say that our bullpen has done a tremendous job under the circumstances,” manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday. “A lot of these guys have been challenged, and I think they’ve been holding up very well. But I think that our bullpen will continue to evolve with the depth that we need.”

Three Spring Training invitees have turned into late inning weapons for the Halos. As of Wednesday, Blake Parker has a 2.61 ERA in 11 games with 17 strikeouts. The veteran Yusmeiro Petit has been solid with a 2.03 ERA in eight games with 11 strikeouts.

Lastly, new closer Bud Norris has nailed down three saves in 11 games with a 3.09 ERA and 14 strikeouts. According to Maria Guardado, Mike Scioscia had this to say about the outstanding performances from Bud Norris.

“The stuff’s there,” Scioscia said. “It’s kind of a new neighborhood for him, just being in the bullpen, let alone being pushed to the back end. Not that he’s necessarily going to close every game, but the way it’s worked out he’s pitched the ninth inning and done a good job the last couple opportunities he had.”

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