Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 years ago

Ernesto Frieri picked up his 26th save with a scoreless ninth Friday against the Blue Jays.

Frieri struck out the side in a two-run game, though he did allow a double in the process. It was his first save since July 24 after he blew back-to-back chances earlier this week. One more blown save will likely get him bumped back to middle relief for a bit.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 years ago

Ernesto Frieri knows he's fighting to save his closer's job.

Frieri blew his second consecutive save against the Rangers Tuesday and has allowed eight runs on nine hits and four walks over his last four appearances. He's posted a dreadful 8.31 ERA and .962 opponent's OPS over 14 appearances since June 23. Scioscia indicated after Tuesday's loss that he might use a closer-by-committee moving forward, a move that could potentially give a pitcher like Dane De La Rosa save chances. "I'm gonna die standing up like a warrior," Frieri said. "I won't give up. You can write that in big letters. I won't give up."

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 years ago

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated after Tuesday's loss to the Rangers that he could use a closer-by-committee moving forward.

Frieri blew his second straight save Tuesday and has allowed eight runs on nine hits and four walks over his last four appearances. Sensing that his confidence "might be a little nicked right now," Scioscia said he'll try to play the matchups a bit more in the ninth inning for now. Dane De La Rosa is probably the best pickup for fantasy purposes.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 years ago

Ernesto Frieri gave up a pair of homers in the ninth to take a blown save and a loss Monday against the Rangers.

Frieri hadn't pitched since picking up his 25th save by the skin of his teeth last Wednesday. The day before that, he gave up five runs to take a loss. Odds are that he'll find it again soon enough, but he's a little lost right now. If things get bad enough that the Angels have to pull him from the closer's role, Dane De La Rosa would be the favorite to take over.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 years ago

Ernesto Frieri recovered from Tuesday's disaster to pitch a scoreless ninth in a 1-0 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

Barely, though. Frieri walked and then hit the first two batters he faced. He then made one of the heads up plays of the year, letting Justin Morneau's little infield pop drop in front of him for a 1-3-6-3 double play. After another walk, he struck out Chris Herrmann to end it. So, while Frieri got the job done, he may not be cured just yet.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 years ago

Ernesto Frieri epically imploded Tuesday night against the Twins, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk over 1/3 of an inning.

Frieri, who entered the 10th inning of a 3-3 game, surrendered three consecutive hits before Trevor Plouffe fouled out. The Angels' closer intentionally walked Clete Thomas to load the bases for rookie catcher Chris Herrmann, who crushed a grand slam to right-center. Frieri had given up just 13 runs all season prior to this evening. One awful outing won't affect his job security, but it will spike his ERA from 2.76 to 3.80.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 years ago

Ernesto Frieri hasn't allowed a run in July.

Frieri posted a disappointing 4.15 ERA in May and hit a brief rough patch in late June, but other than that has been spectacular. He's struck out at least one batter in every appearance since June 28 and his 13.6 K/9 ratio is the highest of his career. Frieri, who has earned saves in the Angels first two games of the second half, currently ranks fifth in the American League with 24 saves.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 years ago

Ernesto Frieri's 13.6 K/9 ratio is the highest of his career.

Frieri has struck out 60 batters in 39 2/3 innings and doesn't appear likely to wilt in the summer heat: The former Padres reliever has struck out eight batters over two July appearances. Frieri is allowing more hits and walks per nine innings than he did last season, which is why his ERA in 2013 (2.95) is higher than it was in 2012 (2.32). Those are rectifiable problems.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 years ago

Ernesto Frieri is not available Saturday.

Frieri has appeared in the last four games and won't be able to pitch in a save situation. The Angels will likely be forced to use Scott Downs or Garrett Richards in his absence.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 years ago

Ernesto Frieri suffered a blown save Sunday against the Pirates.

Frieri gave up a three-run lead in the ninth inning in a shaky outing. It was just his second blown save and the first runs he's allowed since May 29. Frieri has a 3.31 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 32 2/3 innings.