Joe Smith RP LAA 3 Months

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 4 Months

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 4 Months

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 4 Months

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 6 Months

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 6 Months

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.

Joe Smith RP LAA 6 Months

Joe Smith worked a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to earn the save against the Blue Jays.

The acquisition of Jason Grilli has done nothing to Smith's role as the team's closer, as he's now gone seven straight appearances without allowing a hit. On Wednesday, Smith set down the Blue Jays in order, striking out two. The right-hander has 12 saves on the year, and he owns a 2.50 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 43/9 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings.

Joe Smith RP LAA 6 Months

Joe Smith notched his 11th save with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.

The Los Angeles bullpen had its work cut out for it when Jered Weaver exited after two innings due to lower back tightness. Matt Shoemaker allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings to earn his seventh win, and then the Halos' "real" relievers tossed 3 1/3 shutout frames to secure the victory. They were facing a Blue Jays offense coming off a horrific offensive performance in a four-game sweep at the hands of Oakland, going 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position.

Joe Smith RP LAA 6 Months

Joe Smith converted his 10th save with a scoreless inning in Thursday's win over the Astros.

Smith worked around a two-out Marwin Gonzalez walk to protect the 5-2 lead; it was the first free pass he'd issued since June 10. The 30-year-old closer has converted five straight save chances. Smith is firmly ahead of Jason Grilli in the ninth inning pecking order for now, but Grilli, who hasn't allowed a run as an Angel, is lurking. The sidewinding righty owns a 2.70 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 40/9 K/BB ratio.

Joe Smith RP LAA 6 Months

Joe Smith pitched a perfect ninth inning against the White Sox on Tuesday -- his second appearance on the day -- for his ninth save of the season.

Protecting a two-run lead, Smith got Gordon Beckham, Adam Eaton and Leury Garcia -- not exactly a murderer's row -- in succession to seal the victory. Since officially taking over the closer's role in June 24, Smith has converted four straight save chances, allowing just two hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander owns a 2.78 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 40/8 K/BB ratio overall and should be owned almost universally while he's closing games for a good Angels team.