Description: After allowing 12 earned runs on 15 hits in his last 4 2/3 innings, Ernesto Frieri has lost his job as Angels closer, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Frieri, whose ERA has risen from 2.76 to 4.79 in that span, will pitch in low leverage situations until he figures things out. Dane De La Rosa is expected to serve as the closer for the time being.
8/8/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: After several implosions in a row, Los Angeles righthander Ernesto Frieri might be in danger of losing his job as the team's closer.
Insight: Frieri has had a nightmare second half, compiling a 23.14 ERA over his last seven outings. Even if he does turn things around, the Angels aren't winning often enough for him to be a viable fantasy option.
7/31/2013 3:20:00 PM
Description: Angels closer Ernesto Frieri has blown two straight saves and allowed eight earned runs on nine hits over his last 2 2/3 innings, and Mike Scioscia sounds about ready to go with a committee in the ninth inning, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Scioscia admitted that Frieri's confidence "might be a little nicked right now" and said that he'll try to use matchups more in the ninth going forward. "Whatever decision they make, I have to accept that," Frieri said. "We need to win. We can't be losing games late. Hopefully I get through this and they give me their confidence again." There's no obvious option for saves behind Frieri in the Angels bullpen.
7/29/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Angels closer Ernesto Frieri blew his third save of the season Monday at Texas.
Insight: Frieri (4.06 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) gave up three hits, including two homers, to blow a 3-2 lead and spoil Jered Weaver's strong start. This comes after he gave up five runs in a loss on July 23. Frieri has 25 saves but has regressed from last season.
3/19/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: With closer Ryan Madson still struggling to get healthy after Tommy John surgery, Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri could steal the closer role for most of 2013 if he gets off to a good start.
Insight: Madson does not figure to be ready in April and Frieri could win the job if he starts off well. Frieri has not pitched well in spring training (.844 ERA, 1.69 WHIP) so this situation is still fluid.
9/21/2012 9:01:00 PM
Description: Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri is no longer the team's primary closer after allowing four runs over his last two appearances, both losses. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he will "match up" with Frieri, Scott Downs and Kevin Jepsen.
Insight: In other words, Scioscia is going to use the dreaded closer-by-committee. While Frieri still has an impressive 2.56 ERA on the season, he has posted a 5.82 ERA in the second half.
5/23/2012 9:14:00 PM
Description: Ernesto Frieri picked up the first save of his career on Wednesday. Frieri hasn't allowed a hit while striking out an absurd 19 batters in 8 2/3 innings since he was acquired by the Angels in early May.
Insight: Unfortunately, Wednesday really didn't do much to tip Mike Scioscia's hand, as Frieri pitched in the 11th inning after Scott Downs had already been used in a tie game. Frieri was warming up prior to the bottom of the ninth in a 4-2 game against San Diego on May 18, after Downs was used in the eighth, but the Angels scored three runs in the top of the ninth so Frieri didn't record a save. Based on Frieri's closer potential and overall dominance this season, he's a must-own in most formats.
5/7/2012 5:10:00 PM
Description: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Ernesto Frieri could see save chances with the Angels.
Insight: Scott Downs hurt his knee last night, and replacement Latroy Hawkins fractured his pinkie on a comebacker. Hawkins has been placed on the disabled list, so if Downs is also forced to miss time, Frieri would be the next guy in line. One thing is certain: the Angels are taking an "anybody-but-Walden" approach right now.