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Monday, June 25, 2012

Hiatus, And A Thought About The 2012 Angels Bullpen Usage

In case you couldn't tell, I'm on vacation, visiting friends in the Midwest and mountain states. The blog will necessarily suffer for a few weeks. In the interim, an interesting story by Mark Saxon about the 2012 Angels' bullpen utilization:
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.

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.

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.

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For goodness sakes, I'm sure he said it from the standpoint when the phone rings, they don't know who is going to get the call, not that they all warm up at the same time. Instead of having defined roles, you could pitch the seventh, or the ninth. So be ready. They aren't warming up any differently than before.

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