Joe Smith RP LAA 1 week 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 1 month 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 2 months ago

Smith (leg) will make his Cactus League debut Monday against the Rangers, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com 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 2 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 8 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 8 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.

Joe Smith RP LAA 8 months ago

Smith pitched a clean inning with two strikeouts to record his sixth win of the season Thursday against the Twins.

Smith came on to relieve Kevin Jepsen in the top of the ninth, and was able to get the victory after a sacrifice fly put the Angels ahead in the bottom of the frame. Smith now carries a 2.04 eared-run average with 63 strikeouts in 66.1 innings, and should remain a reliable source for holds going forward.

Joe Smith RP LAA 8 months ago

Smith allowed one run on one hit in a loss against the A's on Saturday.

Smith recorded two outs in the inning before a wild pitch brought Coco Crisp home from third, breaking a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth. Smith has excelled for the Angels this season, tallying a 2.17 ERA in 63 appearances, but picked a bad day to lose his control, as the A's are now tied with the Halos for first place in the AL West.

Joe Smith RP LAA 10 months ago

Joe Smith tallied his 14th save of the season Saturday in the Angels' 5-2 defeat of the Rangers.

Smith struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning. He's been fantastic since stepping in permanently as the Angels' closer, now boasting a 2.38 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 41 2/3 total innings this season. The right-hander should remain a strong fantasy piece in the second half as the Angels continue to click.

Joe Smith RP LAA 10 months ago

Joe Smith tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Rangers for his 13th save of the season.

Smith didn't get any strikeouts, but he set the side down in order on 12 pitches and induced a pair of groundouts. The 30-year-old isn't your prototypical closer, but he's made it work so far. He has eight saves since June 24 and has tossed 9 1/3 scoreless innings during that time. He hasn't allowed a hit since June 26.