Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian told the media, including Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times, that manager Mike Scioscia informed him that he plans to use a closer-by-committee system in the bullpen. Moura says he’d be surprised, however, if Bedrosian wasn’t Scioscia’s regular choice to close while Huston Street is out with a strained right lat muscle.
Bedrosian, 25, impressed in spring training, tossing nine scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and a pair of walks with 11 strikeouts. That comes on the heels of a much more impressive 2016 campaign, during which he compiled a minuscule 1.12 ERA with a 51/14 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. One could very reasonably argue that Bedrosian has earned the right to hold the closer’s role by himself.
In the event Scioscia does not call on Bedrosian during a save situation, Andrew Bailey figures to be the next-most likely hurler to get the chance.
With his team trailing 8-3 to begin the bottom of the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Astros, Indians third baseman José Ramirez eventually won a 17-pitch at-bat against closer Ken Giles, ripping a double off of the wall in right field. The Indians would go on to score five runs on seven hits to tie the game against Giles and Hector Rondon. Ramirez almost won the game in his second at-bat of the ninth inning, but first basebamn Yuli Gurriel made a terrific diving catch on a line drive otherwise headed for the right field corner.
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record for the longest at-bat last month, seeing 21 pitches against the Angels’ Jaime Barria. The Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez sfaw 20 pitches from the Indians’ Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, which was the previous record. Kevin Bass saw 19 pitches from the Phillies’ Steve Bedrosian in 1988. There have also been five 18-pitch at-bats from Brian Downing, Bip Roberts, Alex Cora, Adam Kennedy, and Marcus Semien.
Sunday’s game wound up going 14 innings. The Astros pulled ahead 9-8 in the top of the 13th on a solo home run from Evan Gattis. However, the Indians’ Yonder Alonso responded with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the 13th to re-knot the game at 9-9. Greg Allen then lifted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 14th to give the Indians a 10-9 win.
After Sunday’s effort, Ramirez is batting .292/.389/.605 with 15 home runs, 37 RBI, 34 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. According to FanGraphs, his 3.5 Wins Above Replacement ranks third across baseball behind Mike Trout (4.4) and Mookie Betts (4.1). They’re the only players at three wins or above.