|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||68.00||3.00||3.00||35.00||3.04||1.09||95.00||28.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs LHB|| 24.2||0||0|| 8.03||0||10||29|
|vs RHB|| 14.1||0||0|| 6.28||0||3||17|
|07/29/2014||Joe Smith, RP LAA|
Gary Sanchez, C NYY
Ernesto Frieri, RP PIT
Felix Doubront, SP BOS
|David Robertson, RP NYY|
Marco Estrada, SP MIL
Dominic Smith, 1B NYM
Brian McCann, C NYY
|07/29/2014||Devin Mesoraco, C CIN|
Ernesto Frieri, RP PIT
|Rene Rivera, C SD|
Vidal Nuno, SP ARI
Tony Sanchez, C PIT
|07/29/2014||Vidal Nuno, SP ARI|
Will Smith, RP MIL
Ernesto Frieri, RP PIT
Starling Marte, LF PIT
Jean Segura, SS MIL
|Jimmy Nelson, SP MIL|
Vic Black, RP NYM
Jared Hughes, RP PIT
Matt Holliday, LF STL
Mark Melancon, RP PIT
Yadier Molina, C STL
Starlin Castro, SS CHC
|Last 10 Games|
|Ernesto Frieri pegged with the loss Tuesday |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(7/8/14) Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri was pegged with the loss Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Frieri entered a 4-4 game in the bottom of the ninth inning. After getting two quick outs, Frieri allowed a walkoff solo home run to Kolten Wong to end the game. Frieri did manage to record one strikeout during the appearance. The loss drops him to 1-4 on the year.
|Ernesto Frieri earns first win as Pirate Tuesday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(7/1/14) Pirates pitcher Ernesto Frieri earned his first win with his new team Tuesday, giving up three hits but pitching a scoreless ninth inning and striking out one in his team's 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Frieri (1-3) gave up two singles before striking out the opposing pitcher, and though he gave up another single to the following batter, the lead runner was thrown out at home to preserve the tie. Frieri then retired the following batter to escape the inning with no damage done before the offense pulled off a come-from-behind win in the bottom of the ninth. Frieri owns a 6.00 ERA and 39:9 K:BB ratio in 33 innings between the Pirates and Angels.
|Angels swap out one shaky closer for another |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(6/27/14) The more manager Mike Scioscia insisted he didn't want Joe Smith confined to closing, the more apparent it became the Angels had to make a trade. So they finally did Friday, swapping out perpetual headache Ernesto Frieri for Jason Grilli.
The problem is Grilli hasn't been so reliable himself. He may have been an All-Star in the role last year and was nothing short of lights-out before hurting his forearm midseason. But since then, in 31 appearances between this year and last, he has a 4.82 ERA and 1.68 WHIP.
In fact, the Pirates recently removed him from the closer role, replacing him with Mark Melancon.
Now, maybe the Angels thought that move was premature. Maybe they believe they can resuscitate Grilli somehow. He still has good stuff, so I wouldn't put it past them. But while Frieri is obviously a non-factor in mixed leagues now, I wouldn't be so quick to drop Smith in leagues where saves are scarce.
|Angels, Pirates swap Ernesto Frieri for Jason Grilli |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(6/27/14) The Angels and Pirates swapped deposed closers Friday, with Ernesto Frieri heading to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jason Grilli.
Both pitchers began the season as their team's respective closers, but were replaced due to struggles. Frieri has a 6.39 ERA in 31 innings, with 11 saves in 14 chances, while Grillie has a 4.87 ERA in 20 1/3 innings, with 11 saves in 15 tries. At this point, neither pitcher's role for his new team has been defined.
|Manager: Angels are better team with Ernesto Frieri closing |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(6/26/14) Mike Scioscia removed Ernesto Frieri from the closer job in favor of Joe Smith, but it was done kicking and screaming, at least figuratively. Scioscia vastly prefers Frieri in that role for the Angels.
"Our bullpen right now, with this group, works better if Ernie can get back to being the close that we know he can be," Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "If he gets back to that consistency, our bullpen gets more depth and let us do things earlier, in the seventh."
Scioscia has expressed his belief that Smith has greater flexibility, such as the ability to pitch more than one inning. Despite his sidearming style, he is adept at getting both right-handed and left-handed batters out and inducing double plays. He is their most effective reliever entering with runners on base.
Frieri, however, has been terrible. He has given up eight home runs in 30 2/3 innings and eight earned runs in his last 6 1/3 innings pitched.
Trout, McCutchen and all the 2014 midseason award winners, losers
This time, Angels star Mike Trout is the easy winner for American League MVP in the midseason awards.
Rankings Review: Midseason edition
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Pujols' 2-run HR lifts Angels over Blue Jays 8-7
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) As long as they have Albert Pujols at the plate in a clutch situation, the Los Angeles Angels are confident they can win any close game they trail in the late innings.
Pujols' homer in seventh propels Angels past Jays
Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Kole Calhoun also connected, leading the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday in the rubber game of the three-game series.
Pujols' 2-run HR lifts Angels over Blue Jays, 8-7
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Kole Calhoun also connected, leading the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday in the rubber game of the three-game series.
|When Fantasy owners learned last offseason that the Angels had signed Ryan Madson to be their closer whenever he returned from Tommy John surgery, they were outraged. How could they take that job away from Ernesto Frieri, who had just dominated with a 2.32 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 67 appearances? But then when they learned in early August that Madson wouldn't be returning at all, they were repulsed. That's because Frieri had just completed a seven-game stretch in which he blew two saves, took three losses and compiled a 23.14 ERA, briefly forcing manager Mike Scioscia to go closer by committee. Frieri recovered to earn 11 saves with a 1.66 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings over his final 19 appearances, but so shaken was the Angels' confidence in him during that seven-game stretch that you have to assume he's no lock for the role to begin 2014. As dominant as he can be at times, his shaky control could be his undoing as a closer. Even if his strikeout ability gives him top-tier potential, you're better off targeting him as your second reliever on Draft Day.
(Updated 1/2/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|7/30/14||@ SF||3:45 pm||Tim Lincecum|
|7/31/14||@ ARI||9:40 pm||Josh Collmenter|
|8/1/14||@ ARI||9:40 pm||Vidal Nuno|
|8/2/14||@ ARI||8:10 pm||Chase Anderson|
|8/3/14||@ ARI||4:10 pm||Trevor Cahill|
|8/5/14||MIA||7:05 pm||Brad Hand|
|8/6/14||MIA||7:05 pm||Tom Koehler|
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