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Ernesto Frieri is out as the Angels’ closer, Joe Smith is in

Apr 25, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT

Ernesto Frieri AP AP

Big changes in Anaheim. Ernesto Frieri, who has spent most of the past three seasons as the Angels’ closer has been relieved of his duties. Mike Scioscia said that Joe Smith will now take over as the team’s closer.

Frieri has been a train wreck in 2014. He has allowed nine runs on fourteen hits in eight and two-thirds innings over ten appearances so far. In his last appearance, on Wednesday, he gave up four runs to blow a three-run lead and the game against the Nationals. Manager Mike Scioscia said that it’s a mechanical problem with Frieri and that, until he can figure out his release point, Frieri will pitch in lower-leverage situations, though likely not in the eighth inning.

Smith has exactly three saves in 450 career big league appearances.


  1. yahmule - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    If Frieri doesn’t retake the job, I predict Dane De La Rosa will wind up with the job once he’s healthy.

  2. drsodrel - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Should be Kohn.

  3. r8rnuck - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    i love joe but he’s not a closer. i think he can setup ok but closing is a whole other animal. i hope he can prove me wrong but i don’t see it.

  4. RonKarate - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Frieri’s fastball has flattened out. It’s as straight as pee. Smith at least has some movement and he’s getting paid like a closer. De La Rosa is good. Kohn has shown good movement.

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