Should the Angels Be Worried About the Bullpen?

Updated: May 4, 2017

The Angels pieced together bullpen was working through the first few weeks of the season. Until Wednesday night when it finally cracked and lost them the game. Relief pitcher Blake Parker allowed four runs in the eighth inning to let the Mariners rally to a 8-7 victory.

According to Maria Guardado, Parker had this to say after the game. “It’s real frustrating, especially because the team has been doing so well and you want to keep it going,” said Parker, who suffered his first blown save of the season. “It hurts. You never want to hang a crooked number. You always want to minimize the damage, but sometimes the balls just find a hole, and that’s the way baseball goes.”

Currently the Halos are playing without four of their major bullpen pieces. Their fifth best option moved into the rotation, and turned their bullpen into a tryout session. For the most part this season, the Halos bullpen has been fantastic, but got destroyed on Wednesday.

Parker earned the bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee during Spring Training. He impressed the Angels after 17 striking out the final 17 batters he faced in Spring Training. He entered Wednesday with a 2.19 ERA over 12 1/3 innings and had emerged as one of the Halos’ more reliable relief options.

This could have been just the case that it was an off night for Parker. The other big problem is that the Halos starters aren’t going deep into games. The bullpen has been asked to eat up too many innings and it’s beginning to backfire on them.

I don’t believe it’s time to be worried just yet. The Angels starters need to give the bullpen a break otherwise this could be an ongoing theme. The series continues Thursday night as Alex Meyer takes on the Mariners in his second appearance of 2017.

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