Deolis Guerra Has Become Halos Lefty Specialist

Updated: April 30, 2017

At first glance most people would say how can right-handed Deolis Guerra be the Angels lefty specialist? Most left-handed specialist in the Major Leagues are lefty pitchers. That is not the case for the 28-year-old Guerra.

His splits are odd especially for a right-handed pitcher. This season lefties are hitting .091 going just 1-for-11 against Guerra. The right-handed batters are seeing the ball much better, hitting .333 going 4-for-12 off Guerra this season.

It has not gone unnoticed either as the Angels do see Guerra’s elite specialist ability. According to Chris Vannini, manager Mike Scioscia had this to say about Guerra.

“It’s something we’ve noticed for a while since we got him,” Scioscia said. “I think his stuff naturally plays well against lefties, and he’s trying to expand that repertoire and consistency to be more effective against righties, because that’s where a lot of the damage has come from.”

“He’s been very comfortable against lefties because of his ability to get angle on his fastball and get it in good spots with his changeup,” Scioscia said. “He’s got a cutter that will help him, once he harnesses it, against righties, which he’s had trouble with.”

On paper the numbers don’t look pretty for Guerra. In six appearances he has a 6.75 ERA with four walks, and three home runs allowed. On Friday he pitched well throwing a scoreless inning and striking out two against the Rangers. The Halos are hopeful this is a good sign for Guerra.

Last season Guerra posted a 3.21 ERA in 44 games and struck out 36 batters. He might not be the best option out of the bullpen for the Halos, but he’s somehow become their best lefty specialist.

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