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Angels manager Mike Scioscia says he doesn’t have a set closer

Jun 19, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia gave Ernesto Frieri a vote of confidence over the weekend, but he made it clear today that he’s looking at other options to close games.

After Albert Pujols delivered a two-run double in the top of the 10th inning against the Indians this afternoon, most expected that Frieri would come out for the bottom half of the inning, especially since Joe Smith already pitched the ninth inning. However, Scioscia threw everyone for a loop by turning to rookie Cam Bedrosian. The decision quickly backfired, as Bedrosian walked two and gave up a double before Frieri was brought in to put out the fire. Frieri got David Murphy to fly out for the second out of the inning, but he then gave up a walk-off grand slam to Nick Swisher. Disaster complete.

After the game, Scioscia told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he has no set closer and wanted to give Bedrosian an opportunity against a team who had never seen him before.

“I don’t think it’s any different from what we talked about,” Scioscia said when asked if Frieri is his closer. “What’s different from matching up like we talked about?”

It was a questionable decision for many reasons, most notably that Bedrosian has been far from lights out since coming up to the majors. And if Scioscia didn’t have faith in Frieri to start the inning, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher why he turned to him once Bedrosian got into trouble. Talk about your mixed messages. There’s no excuse for Frieri giving up the grand slam, as he still has to execute, but the margin for error was razor thin and Scioscia essentially set him up to fail. The Angels own the fifth-best record in the American League right now, but the back-end of their bullpen is a mess.

  1. thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    The obvious answer is Morin if you’re into things like “numbers” and “stats”, but he doesn’t throw hard enough so most likely Scioscia won’t give him a sniff

    • hgasklfbfsjkl - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      But thats what I don’t understand, Weaver only throws 85 mph heat and he’s had a great career. Why not give him a chance?

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        Scioscia is old school stupid

  2. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Surprised he hasn’t had Ibañez hop on the mound to close a game with how much Scoscia loves that guy..

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Scioscia wouldn’t have put him on the mound, he just found a way to make people forget about talking about Raul.

  3. whatacrocker - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    “Angels manager Mike Scioscia says he doesn’t have a clue”

    There. Fixed that for you.

  4. infieldhit - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    In more positive news, Pujols got that go-ahead RBI, so even if he goes 0 for the next 50, Scioscia’s already slotted him third on the next month’s worth of lineups.

  5. jimatkins - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Nothing Scioscia says about the lineups or bullpen usage makes any kind of sense. He just assigns roles to people and then doesn’t change that role in the face of evidence. Utterly nonsensical. I think the only reason he’s still around is the size of his contract heading forward.

  6. jimmyt - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Be yourself Mike, not TLR.

  7. kastout11 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Joe Smith did a great job when he was the closer in May. I am unclear as to why Scoscia went back to Frieri. I do not follow the Angels closely, but it is my guess that either Frieri is making a lot more money, or he just has better stuff then Smith. I think Smith has earned the closers role. He actually had success in that role. Scoscia is trying to outthink himself again.

  8. lynneric - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I don’t care that Scoscia doesn’t have a set closer, just don’t use Frieri, he is a joke , When he gets a good pitch in, it must be plain dumb luck or the odds just caught up with him. I believe in getting a second chance but Frieri has had 3 since his first game give-away this season.

  9. shockertalk - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Scioscia doesn’t have a SET closer!? Heck, Scioscia doesn’t have ANY closer!

    Has Scioscia totally forgotten how to say, “I made a mistake.”?

    I am writing a sit-com script, “How to lose your coaching position in 4,000 days!”

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