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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Joe Smith RP LAA 28 Days

Joe Smith converted his eighth save of the season with a perfect inning in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

Smith was called upon to wiggle out of a bases-loaded, no-out mess that Rich Hill handed him with the score at 7-3. The side-armer promptly induced a double play and then a groundout to end it. Jason Grilli is a threat, but Smith is the favorite for saves in Anaheim right now.

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after Tuesday's game that he plans to use Joe Smith in the closer role for now.

"We're going to keep Joe in the back end for right now until (Ernesto Frieri) gets his feet on the ground and his game comes back," Scioscia said. The statement comes as no surprise after Smith tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save Tuesday. However, it's also clear that Scioscia would prefer Frieri in the ninth, so expect him to return there once he irons things out.

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Joe Smith earned his first save since May 14 by tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Twins on Tuesday.

Mike Scioscia has opted for a closer-by-committee in response to the sorry state of his bullpen, and the plan worked to perfection for at least one night. After C.J. Wilson allowed six runs in five innings, the bullpen finished off an 8-6 win by hurling four shutout frames. Mike Morin came on in the sixth, with Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri following in the seventh and eighth to bridge a lead to Smith. Smith is probably the more reliable option for saves in the bullpen right now, which makes him ownable in all applicable formats.

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Joe Smith allowed a home run to Brad Snyder in the ninth inning of Sunday's win over the Rangers.

But he struck out two of the other three batters he faced to protect the Angels' late lead. It was a non-save situation. Smith is currently in a committee at closer with Ernesto Frieri, Mike Morin, and maybe a few others.