#Angels Scioscia: “We’re going to keep Joe in the back end for right now until Ernie gets his feet on the ground and his game comes back.”
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 25, 2014
Makes sense as Smith has been better than Frieri. Still, it does sound like Scioscia is determined to give Frieri every opportunity -- maybe too many opportunities -- to get back to the closer’s role.
A lot of the times I’m sorta “meh” on who’s closing, but the Angels look like a playoff team at the moment -- they lead the Wild Card race in the AL and are only four games back of the best team in baseball for the division lead -- so ironing out the bullpen is going to be pretty important for them. It’s nice that they have a couple games cushion at the moment with which to do it.