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Joe Smith is now the Angels closer

Jun 25, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

Mike Scioscia has gone back and forth between Joe Smith and Ernesto Frieri as closer this year — and had a fun little detour experimenting with Cam Bedrosian once last week — but now he’s back on Smith:

Makes sense as Smith has been better than Frieri. Still, it does sound like Scioscia is determined to give Frieri every opportunity — maybe too many opportunities — to get back to the closer’s role.

A lot of the times I’m sorta “meh” on who’s closing, but the Angels look like a playoff team at the moment — they lead the Wild Card race in the AL and are only four games back of the best team in baseball for the division lead — so ironing out the bullpen is going to be pretty important for them. It’s nice that they have a couple games cushion at the moment with which to do it.

  1. 1981titan - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Mike Butcher couldn’t iron a permanent press shirt never mind the bullpen. He couldn’t help Fernando Rodney. after Rodney went to the Rays he’s an All Star. Couldn’t help Scott Kazmir & we know what he is doing this year.. Fieri was great when they got him from Bud Black’s Padres and look at him a few years later. Once the Angel’s dump him he will become an All Star again.

    • danfrommv - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      But I’ll miss “Butch” jogging out to the mound….every f***ing inning

  2. dondada10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Does Smith get lefties out? I remember him being an extreme ROOGY guy.

  3. alphonzolester - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Joe Smith could be anybody, right?

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