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38 Joe Smith RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 3/22/1984 | Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: Wright State | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $3,150,000 | Owned/Started%: 12/9 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Angels' Joe Smith gives up four 10th inning runs to lose


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:49 am ET) Angels reliever Joe Smith gave up four runs in 2/3 of an inning to lose to San Diego on Tuesday.

Smith started the tenth and loaded the bases on a single and two walks. He gave up a two-out, bases clearing double, then left the game. The runner he left on base eventually came around to score. 

My misses were bad, bad misses,” Smith said, per the Orange County Register. “When I was trying to get ahead, I’d miss just off. And when I was trying to miss just off, I missed way off.”

Smith had gone nine straight appearances without allowing a run before Tuesday. 


Angels reliever Joe Smith preserves lead, nabs 11th hold Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Angels reliever Joe Smith pitched a perfect eighth inning to pick up his 11th hold of the season in Saturday's win over the Orioles. The right-hander struck out two and lowered his ERA to 2.70.

He has now gone six straight appearances without allowing a run and has looked much better since his three-run meltdown on May 5. His 11 holds are the most in the American League this year.


Angels reliever Joe Smith serves up walk-off hit Friday vs. Giants


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Angels reliever Joe Smith earned his first loss of the season as the Giants walked off with a 3-2 victory Friday night.

Smith (0-1) entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied. He loaded the bases after a single and two walks (one intentional), and Giants second baseman Joe Panik hit a game-winning single to center.

Smith had pitched a perfect inning in each of the last two nights. He recently blew a save last weekend, but has otherwise been typically reliable out of the bullpen for manager Mike Scoiscia.


Angels reliever Joe Smith blows save in loss


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Angels reliever Joe Smith had been nearly perfect in eight appearances this season, but called upon to pick up the save in Sunday's game against the Rangers, he allowed his first run of the season and picked up a blown save in Los Angeles' 5-4, 11-inning defeat. 

Coming on in the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead, Smith registered the first two outs of the inning before allowing a single to Prince Fielder. Adrian Beltre followed with an infield single before Mitch Moreland drove in pinch-runner Delino DeShields Jr. with a single.

"We're really confident with Joe out there," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's throwing the ball well. He had an incredible year closing for us… Joe was throwing the ball well. Just couldn't get that last out."

Smith's ERA moved to 1.13 after the appearance. 


Angels' Joe Smith tosses scoreless inning in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Angels pitcher Joe Smith made his Cactus League debut Monday, allowing one hit in one scoreless inning and striking out one.

Smith has dealt with some lower body soreness this spring, but he doesn't expect the late start to keep him from being ready for the regular-season opener. He picked up 14 saves and went 7-2 with a 1.81 ERA and 68:15 K:BB ratio in 74 2/3 innings last season.


Angels' Joe Smith scheduled to pitch Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Angels pitcher Joe Smith is scheduled to make his spring debut Monday, the Orange County Register reports.

Smith has been dealing with lower body soreness but believes he'll be able to round into form by the regular-season opener. He went 7-2 with a 1.81 ERA and 68:15 K:BB ratio in 74 2/3 innings while collecting 14 saves in 2014.


Angels RP Joe Smith expecting to make spring debut soon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Angels reliever Joe Smith (leg) is expecting to make his spring debut Sunday or Monday, per MLB.com. Smith might only need eight spring appearances before opening day.

Angels reliever Smith fighting leg stiffness


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/11/2015) Angels reliever Joe Smith will not pitch for the next few days as he works his way through "spring-training leg stiffness," according to the Los Angeles Times

Manager Mike Scioscia said that the setup man likely will pitch this weekend as he works his way through the pain. 

Smith was 7-2 with a 1.81 ERA and 15 saves in 76 games for the Angels last season. 


Joe Smith picks up relief win over Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Angels reliever Joe Smith (4-0) picked up a relief win Sunday against the Tigers.

Smith needed nine pitches to retire the side in order in the eighth inning. David Freese smacked a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth, which proved to be the difference. He owns a 2.08 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP over 47 2/3 innings of relief.

Joe Smith may be here to stay


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/15/2014) For most of this season, Angels manager Mike Scioscia has maintained that he'd prefer to keep Joe Smith's role flexible rather than confine him to the ninth inning, which has understandably kept him buried in my relief pitcher rankings. Why expect him to keep closing if his manager doesn't want him closing?

But according to the Orange County Register, everything changed when the Angels traded failed closer Ernesto Frieri to the Pirates for also-failed closer Jason Grilli. Scioscia apparently trusts Grilli to fill Smith's seventh- and eighth-inning void better than he trusted Frieri to. At least, that's what I get out of this quote:

"Joe Smith is really comfortable in that ninth inning," Scioscia said. "That frees up Grilli and [Kevin Jepsen] to be used in the seventh or eighth. Joe might give you the ground ball and they give you the strikeout. You can use those guys in the seventh and that helps us shorten the game."

Smith really is comfortable in the ninth inning, allowing a total of one baserunner in 10 appearances with Frieri out of the picture. He now has a 0.89 WHIP for the season. Because those Huston Street-to-the-Angels rumors persist, I still can't move him much higher than 33rd in my relief pitcher rankings (29th in Rotisserie), but as I recently wrote in the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, he has top-20 potential in the role.


Joe Smith tosses 1-2-3 frame for the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Angels reliever Joe Smith tossed another 1-2-3 frame for the save Sunday afternoon against the Rangers in Arlington. Smith struck out one and needed only 11 pitches to secure a 10-7 victory. He is 15 for 19 in save opportunities, with a 2.32 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 42 2/3 innings of relief.

Joe Smith Ks two in perfect frame for the save Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Angels reliever Joe Smith struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to secure a 5-2 win and the save Saturday night against the Rangers in Arlington. Smith is now 14 for 18 in save opportunities, with a 2.38 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 41 2/3 innings of relief.


Joe Smith registers 13th save Friday night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Angels reliever Joe Smith registered the save Friday night against the Rangers.

Smith needed just 12 pitches to complete a perfect frame. He is 13 for 17 in save chances, with a 2.43 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP over 40 2/3 innings of relief. 


Joe Smith picks up the save Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Angels reliever Joe Smith picked up a save Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Smith pitched a perfect inning, striking out two batters. He got Jose Reyes to fly out to left to end the game. Of the 13 pitches he threw, 10 were strikes. Smith notched his 12th save. His ERA sits at 2.50 on the year. 


Joe Smith pitches clean inning for 11th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Angels closer Joe Smith picked up his 11th save Monday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Smith hasn't allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings over his last eight outings, and he has yet to even give up a hit in five July appearances. He's taken control of his opportunity to close while posting a 2.56 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 41:9 K:BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.


Joe Smith picks up relief win Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Angels closer Joe Smith picked up a relief win Friday night against the Astros . The right-hander struck out one and needed only five pitches to complete a perfect frame. Mike Trout broke a 6-6 tie with a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team the win.

Smith owns a 2.63 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief.

Joe Smith works easy ninth for 10th save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Angels closer Joe Smith picked up his 10th save of the season Thursday, in a 5-2 win over the Astros.

Smith closed out the game with little drama, as he erased a two-out walk by inducing a game-ending ground-ball out. He finished the inning on 17 pitches en route to his 10th save in 14 chances.

Smith has filled a couple of roles for the Angels in the bullpen, and has a 2.70 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 36 2/3 innings. 


Joe Smith picks up two saves in Tuesday doubleheader


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Angels closer Joe Smith followed up a save in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader by earning another save in the nightcap, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 7-5 win over the White Sox.

Smith has racked up nine saves, and he hasn't allowed a base runner in any of his last three apeparances as he begins to settle into the closer role. He owns a 2.78 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 40:8 K:BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings.


Angels swap out one shaky closer for another


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/27/2014) 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.


Joe Smith allows RBI double before save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Angels closer Joe Smith looked to be on his way to a day off Thursday as the team held a five-run lead in the ninth inning, but he had to be called on to bail the team out of a jam instead.

Smith entered the game with the bases loaded and two out, and couldn't quite shut the door. Smith allowed a bases-clearing double to Joe Mauer, but he got out of the jam one batter later, as he struck Kendrys Morales to end the game.

All three runs were charged to Ernesto Frieri, who Smith replaced in the ninth. He got credit for his ninth save in 11 tries, while lowering his ERA slightly to 3.03. 


Joe Smith named the Angels closer...for now


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Angels reliever Joe Smith will serve as the team's regular closer for a bit, according to the Orange County Register

Smith will close while the team allows Ernesto Frieri to get his "game back," according to manager Mike Scioscia. It sounds like the move will be temporary, and Smith will eventually cede the job to Frieri once he proves himself in a lesser role. Smith has a 3.06 ERA over 32 1/3 innings.


Joe Smith fans one in save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Angels reliever Joe Smith worked his first save opportunity in more than a month Tuesday, as he closed out an 8-6 win over the Twins.

Smith allowed one two-out single, but the lead never seemed to be in much jeopardy. He shut the door with 13 pitches, striking out one game and ending it on a harmless ground ball out.

Smith is 6 for 4 in save situations this season, but has been one of the team's best relievers overall. He has a 3.06 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 32 1/3 innings, with 36 strikeouts and eight walks allowed. 


Joe Smith could be available to pitch Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Angels reliever Joe Smith said he tweaked his neck when he turned to speak to catcher Chris Iannetta during his last outing Friday, per the Los Angeles Times. Smith said he was feeling much better Sunday and hopes he is available to pitch against the Rangers.

Joe Smith unavailable Saturday night


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Angels reliever Joe Smith was not available Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Smith was dealing with a sore neck, and was not going to make an appearance during the game. As a result, Kevin Jepsen entered the game in the ninth inning to try and nail down a save. He gave up a game-tying home run, which sent the contest into extras.

It's unclear whether Smith's injury will keep him out multiple days. Through 30 1/3 innings, he's posted a 2.97 ERA.


Joe Smith picks up fifth save in 3-0 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) It was Joe Smith's turn to close out Wednesday's game at Philadelphia, and he did just that in a 3-0 win for the Angels. 

Smith, who continues to share save opportunities with Ernesto Frieri, got Ryan Howard to fly out to deep center for the first out in the bottom of the ninth. He then got Marlon Byrd to foul out to right field before closing the door on his fifth save with a strikeout of Domonic Brown.

Smith improved to 5 for 7 in save opportunities. He has 16 strikeouts in 17 innings.