Question of the Day, 5/29 …
Have hitters figured out Ernesto Frieri? — @Tyrexsmith
I think we’re past the point of wondering if hitters have “figured out” Frieri. Frieri’s fastball is the kind of pitch that can be dominant if he’s locating it and commanding it well, regardless of how many times you’ve seen it. But it isn’t Mariano Rivera‘s cutter. He’ll hit some rough patches throughout the year, like he did in the second half last season, but still has the stuff to be an effective closer. He hasn’t been lately, giving up six earned runs in his last 5 1/3 innings, but it’s part of the ebbs and flows for a guy who never pitched in a prominent role until arriving here.
“He’s been a little bit erratic his last couple outings, but before then, this guy’s been terrific,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after Wednesday’s 4-3 win. “He’s gotten four-out saves for us, he’s done whatever we’ve asked him to do, and he’ll be there for us. Last couple outing’s it’s just he’s got behind a couple and hit some bats.”
* On Wednesday night, Frieri became the first Angels pitcher ever to earn a one-inning save despite giving up two home runs.