Joe Smith RP LAA 2 months ago

Smith will be the Angels' closer in Huston Street's absence, manager Mike Scioscia told The Orange County Register on Thursday.

Street suffered a groin injury in Wednesday's appearance, which left the door open for Smith to close should Street miss some time. Smith will now step into the closer's role for at least this weekend, but it's difficult to gauge his value after the All-Star break given that Street could resume his role at that point. That said, Smith should be a viable short-term closer option for the time being.

Joe Smith RP LAA 3 months ago

Smith (neck) pitched a scoreless inning of relief Sunday, picking up the win against the Tigers.

Smith pitched a clean inning, facing just three batters and striking out one. He continues to serve in the eighth inning role for the Angels, limiting his value in non-hold leagues, but remains an injury of Huston Street away from taking over the closer role.

Joe Smith RP LAA 3 months ago

Smith was unavailable out of the bullpen Friday against the Tigers due to a knot in his neck, David Adler of reports.

Smith would have been called upon in the eighth inning Friday with the Angels holding a 2-0 lead, but manager Mike Scioscia said the reliever was in need of treatment to the address the neck concern, which affects his delivery. It's not known if Smith will be ready to go in time for Saturday's game.

Joe Smith RP LAA 3 months ago

Smith claimed his first win of the season Monday against the Padres, tossing two scoreless innings before Albert Pujols hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.

The primary setup man for closer Huston Street, Smith has been dynamite for those in leagues that count holds. He's accumulated 13 already this season and has lowered his ERA to 2.18 after keeping the opponents off the board over his last nine appearances, spanning 9.2 innings.

Joe Smith RP LAA 4 months ago

Smith picked up a blown save on Sunday against the Rangers, allowing three hits and one earned run in the ninth inning.

Closer Huston received the day off on Sunday after working the previous three games, so it was Smith who got the call to close the game out. The latter has been stellar in a setup role this season, as the run allowed was his first of the season, bringing his ERA to 1.13 through eight innings pitched. Smith will continue to throw in high-leverage, late-inning situations, but save chances like this will be few and far between.

Joe Smith RP LAA 5 months ago

Smith pitched a scoreless inning in Wednesday's Cactus League outing against the Indians, striking out one and walking one in the contest.

Smith came into camp battling stiffness in his legs, but has fully recovered from the ailment, having tallied five strikeouts in four innings of work without allowing a run this spring. Smith is on track to reprise his role as the setup man in the Angels' bullpen in 2015 after notching a career-best 1.81 ERA in 74.2 innings last year.

Joe Smith RP LAA 6 months ago

Smith (leg) will make his Cactus League debut Monday against the Rangers, Alden Gonzalez of reports,

Smith has been dealing with stiffness in his legs, but the club has not expressed concern that the ailment will prevent him from being ready for Opening Day. He will likely throw one inning against the Rangers on Monday.

Joe Smith RP LAA 6 months ago

Smith has been dealing with "spring-training leg stiffness" this spring, but hopes to get on the mound in the next three or four days, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

It doesn't sound like the club is too concerned about the issue, as relievers don't need quite as many innings to get themselves ready for the season. Until we are told otherwise, expect Smith to be available in the eighth inning on Opening Day.

Joe Smith RP LAA 12 months ago

Smith could be called upon in a save situation Thursday against the Rangers, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

With Huston Street still down with a right hamstring injury, Smith figures to get the first crack at closing as a result. As either a part-time closer or setup man this season, Smith has been magnificent, carrying a 1.95 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 64:13 K:BB ratio over 69.1 innings.

Joe Smith RP LAA 12 months ago

Smith allowed a hit and a walk in an inning pitched en route to picking up a win against the Twins on Saturday. He struck out one batter in the contest.

Smith received his second win in three games Saturday, as he was able to keep the Twins off the board in the eighth inning before Albert Pujols' double in the top of the ninth gave the Halos the lead. There is certainly no guarantee that Smith will continue to factor into decisions, but he may have a better chance at doing so when Garrett Richards' (knee) spot comes up in the rotation, as manager Mike Scioscia seems content to turn those contests into bullpen days for the time being.