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well, there was a lot of criticism last year and earlier this year about the state of our pen and how it cost us games........

 

Halos have sure shored up the pen this year -- today it showed.

 

let's keep it going.

 

we're probably not going to go after another starter at deadline time (and over-pay for either a rental or for a guy with a huge contract for next year that we give up a lot for now).

 

the reason we're likely not going to go after a starter now (in addition to the steep price to be paid) is because we have pen depth that should allow the Halos to hopefully shorten games for ALL starters down the stretch but particularly for starters 4 and 5.  So if they can keep the Halos into the game through five, the bullpen committee can take over.

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Angels bullpen has been the best in the month of July

 

http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=rel&lg=all&qual=0&type=8&season=2014&month=7&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0,ts&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

 

 

1.99 ERA in 77 IP. Most refreshing statistic though....just 15 walks in those 77 IP. Drove me nuts over the years watching the Halos bring reliever after reliever in only to see them walk the first batter they face all the damn time

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Angels bullpen has been the best in the month of July

http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=rel&lg=all&qual=0&type=8&season=2014&month=7&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0,ts&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

1.99 ERA in 77 IP. Most refreshing statistic though....just 15 walks in those 77 IP. Drove me nuts over the years watching the Halos bring reliever after reliever in only to see them walk the first batter they face all the damn time

Best by WAR, not by ERA. But that being said, the bullpen has been nails.

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Angels bullpen has been the best in the month of July

 

http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=rel&lg=all&qual=0&type=8&season=2014&month=7&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0,ts&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

 

 

1.99 ERA in 77 IP. Most refreshing statistic though....just 15 walks in those 77 IP. Drove me nuts over the years watching the Halos bring reliever after reliever in only to see them walk the first batter they face all the damn time

 

Best WAR by hitters too...  and third best WAR by SP.    

 

Big Chief!!!!!  -- The Sandlot.

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imagine how much better they would be if JD knew how to put together a bullpen

 

to be fair, saying he has struggled to put together even a decent pen during his tenure, up to this point, would be kind. what's so funny is that he's successfully done it now in about 2 months.

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Most of those scarily good numbers isn't because of the moves we made either, with the exception of Frieri being addition by subtraction. Street has been very good but hasn't appeared enough to make much difference to the numbers and Thatcher has been pretty disappointing so far. While Grilli has done well, it's mainly just the guys we had before stepping it up big time. Smith and Jepsen have been excellent, Morin is pretty reliable and Rasmus is playing a pretty underrated role. The idea of going into the playoffs with Jepsen, Smith and Street to carry you through innings seven to nine, while probably having Grilli, Thatcher, Morin and one or two of Santiago, Skaggs, Shoemaker and Rasmus available for anything else you need is amazing.

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Most of those scarily good numbers isn't because of the moves we made either, with the exception of Frieri being addition by subtraction. Street has been very good but hasn't appeared enough to make much difference to the numbers and Thatcher has been pretty disappointing so far. While Grilli has done well, it's mainly just the guys we had before stepping it up big time. Smith and Jepsen have been excellent, Morin is pretty reliable and Rasmus is playing a pretty underrated role. The idea of going into the playoffs with Jepsen, Smith and Street to carry you through innings seven to nine, while probably having Grilli, Thatcher, Morin and one or two of Santiago, Skaggs, Shoemaker and Rasmus available for anything else you need is amazing.

I completely agree. Jerry knew which guys to keep, even when people were screaming to get rid of Jepsen. He clearly knows more than most.

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