I thought I knew how they were going to use Downs and Frieri, based on Downs coming in against lefties with 2 outs in the 7th and back in the 8th to get two more outs, where Frieri took over and got the 4 out save against more righties.
Then the other night Downs got the 9th again and it was against right handed hitters. Go figure. To be continued…
Frieri’s has induced a lot of infield pop ups it seems like. He did escape with a DEEP fly ball @Safeco over the weekend on Sunday but for the most part I’ve watched all his appearances with the Angels and NOBODY is making good contact. Interesting stuff here. Obviously he’ll eventually have to give up some hits and runs….but I still feel like the upside is there for a big big breakout year.
I’m not sure if it’s worth mentioning, but his velocity’s been up 1 MPH since the trade, and his pitch selection has changed a ton. It looks like he just stopped throwing his breaking ball as much, and moved to almost always throwing the fastball. Thoughts on this?
I looked at his pitch selection (but didn’t notice the velocity) when writing the post and it’s basically identical pre- and post-trade. Hard to read anything into it when he’s only thrown 100-something pitches for LAA.