Question of the Day, 5/18 …
Do you think [the events of Friday night] means Ernesto Frieri’s supplanted Scott Downs as the closer? — @will_berson
Nope, I think what it means is we have a closer platoon, per se, with the left-handed Downs and the right-handed Frieri. Mike Scioscia used Downs for the eighth, and had him warming up as Jered Weaver was laboring through the seventh, because the Padres had a bunch of left-handed hitters coming up. That can happen a lot more often, and it points to two things: 1. Scioscia’s confidence in Frieri, who has pitched lights out in the two weeks he’s been with the Angels; 2. Scioscia’s lack of confidence in Hisanori Takahashi, who he seemingly doesn’t trust to get tough lefties out late in games.