Everybody knows the Angels need bullpen help if they want to get to the postseason, and the last two games against the Rangers have been the “Exhibit A” of why they need bullpen help.
On Wednesday, the Angels blew a six runs lead (five earned runs allowed by the bullpen) and lost 11-10 in ten innings, and yesterday, the bullpen worked hard again, allowing six more earned runs. Their relievers are 0-2 with a 15.63 ERA, 8.30 FIP, 5.68 K/9, 7.11 BB/9 and 2.84 HR/9 in the first two games this month. And in the last 30 days they've been 2-4 with a 4.84 ERA, 4.64 FIP, 7.53 K/9, 3.76 BB/9 and 0.94 HR/9 in 287.0 innings. They own the third worst FIP, in the last 30 days, behind the Twins (5.22) and Nationals (4.84), so yeah, they need help ASAP.
Today, as I was reading about possible trade candidates, I found an article by Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times where he says that reliever Carlos Marmol “could be one of the most valuable relievers available in August.” I must say that even though I'm not a Marmol fan, Wittenmeyer could be right, with the $12.4 million owed to him he'll probably clear waivers and could be dealt anywhere.
Yeah, Marmol isn't considered a bullpen ace, but I have no doubt he could help the banged up Angels bullpen. In the month of July, Marmol recorded his lowest ERA of the season with 3.72, although his FIP wasn't that good (4.12). His K/9 was 11.2, although his BB/9 was 6.5, his HR/9 was 0.9 and his GB% was 47.8%, season high for him.
Compared with what the Angels relievers did, Marmol outperformed them in every category but the BB/9. The Angels relievers had a 4.06 ERA, 4.46 FIP, 7.30 K/9, 3.36 BB/9, 1.27 HR/9 and a 46.3 GB%. So even though Marmol isn't the greatest reliever out there, he appears to be the best available.
Other options for the Angels could be Heath Bell, who is having a horrible year and is more expensive than Marmol and Francisco Rodriguez, who behind Marmol could be their best choice. Bell is 2-5 with a 5.57 ERA, 4.04 FIP, 7.9 K/9, 4.9 BB/9 and 0.7 HR/9 in 42.0 innings for the Marlins this season. Rodriguez, is 2-6 with a 5.24 ERA, 4.47 FIP, 8.9 K/9, 5.1 BB/9 and 1.2 HR/9 in 46.1 innigs for the Brewers in 2013.
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