Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Angels GM Billy Eppler told reliever Huston Street he’ll have to compete to take ownership of the closer’s role next spring. Cam Bedrosian is another candidate for the role.
Street, 33, made only 26 appearances during the 2016 season due to oblique, hamstring, and knee injuries. He missed the final two months after undergoing knee surgery. Overall, the right-hander compiled a 6.45 ERA with a 14/12 K/BB ratio and nine saves across 22 1/3 innings.
Bedrosian, meanwhile, broke out with a 1.12 ERA and a 51/14 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old is, no surprise, the son of Steve Bedrosian, who won a Cy Young Award as the Phillies’ closer in 1987.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.