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Los Angeles Angels MLB News - Angels Baseball Blog » The Los Angeles Angels fuse could be starting to get short concerning Brian Fuentes

The Los Angeles Angels fuse could be starting to get short concerning Brian Fuentes

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Pitching BP by chinmusic on Thursday 10 June 2010 at 11:58 am

34-year old lefty Brian Fuentes has been getting hit hard this season. He has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Angels and he is 3-1 with 8 saves, a 5.52 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has given up 5 homers in only 14 2/3 innings and that is downright horrible for a closer. But he has whiffed 19 batters so his stuff is still good. You have to wonder how much longer the Angels are going to put up with Fuentes as the closer when he could be a dominating situational reliever. 33-year old righty Fernando Rodney has the ability to close out games. He has pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he is 4-0 with 5 saves, a 2.70 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. But he has walked 17 batters in only 23 1/3 innings this year which can’t be tolerated in a short reliever. It will be up to Mike Scioscia to decide if he’s going to put up with Fuentes’ gopher balls or Rodney’s walks in the ninth inning.

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