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  1. How long do you figure it will be before he becomes the full-time closer?

    Comment by Congo Hammer — May 29, 2012 @ 11:35 am

  2. 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…

    Comment by Sen-Baldacci — May 29, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

  3. 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.

    Comment by Mexi1024 — May 29, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

  4. 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?

    Comment by cwhitman — May 29, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

  5. 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.

    Comment by Mike Axisa — May 29, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

  6. I’m glad Frieri is getting a chance to shine with the Angels. It was always fun watching him pitch as his control usually was spotty but the strikeouts was always good to go.

    Strange to see the Padres went out & get a closer in the off season when Frieri was already available.

    Comment by MadMonk — May 29, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

  7. yeah, he’s the most extreme fly ball pitcher MLB has seen the last 10 years.

    Comment by baty — May 29, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

  8. You rarely see that weird combination of tons of fly balls and tons of strikeouts

    Comment by baty — May 29, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

  9. look now

    he is using his fastball almost exclusively. why bother with a change or breaker when no one can make good contact (or any contact for that matter).

    he’ll still walk a batter, here or there, but you would too with that much movement.

    Comment by ineedanap — June 2, 2012 @ 2:00 am

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