Monday, June 25, 2012
Hiatus, And A Thought About The 2012 Angels Bullpen Usage
For nearly two months now, Angels manager Mike Scioscia has tried a different approach, a more democratic use of his late-inning pitchers that has achieved stunning results. Shortly after Scioscia pulled Jordan Walden from the closer’s role -- and after the arrival of hard thrower Ernesto Frieri -- the Angels bullpen has taken off while spreading the credit liberally.While it hasn't been much discussed, I have to wonder whether the number of warmup pitches has any effect on a reliever's arm. They don't go against innings pitched, but they do count on the odometer.
In the Angels’ first 32 games, the bullpen was 1-6 with a 4.70 ERA and four saves.
In the last 41 games, it is 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA and 13 saves. Angels relievers haven’t allowed a run in nearly a week.
They just have to stay ready from the sixth or seventh inning through the end of the game. There’s not a lot of time to lounge and enjoy a game.
“As soon as the phone rings, four of us get up to take our coats off,” Angels reliever Jason Isringhausen said.