Week Four Halo of the Week

Updated: May 1, 2017

This week the Angels looked the complete opposite from past weeks going 6 – 1 after losing their previous ten out of twelve games. Much of their success this week was due to both strong starting pitching and the relief from the bullpen. But due to injuries, the Angels have been searching for a new closer and luckily for them, he’s been waiting in the bullpen this whole time.

Week 4 Halo of the Week

Bud Norris

4 saves           1 Hit Allowed           8 Strikeouts           0.00 ERA

Raise your hand if you had Bud Norris as the Angels save leader at this point in the season. Anyone? Me neither but after injuries to Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian, Norris has not only stepped into the closer spot, he has taken control of it. Over the past week, the right handed Norris was dominant in all four save opportunities and in his 4 ⅓ innings, he gave up just a single hit while striking out eight.

As a starter for the Atlanta Braves and LA Dodgers last season, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo alum was 6-10 with a 5.10 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Not exactly the numbers a team looks when searching for a closer but since moving to the Angels’ bullpen, Norris has improved his control (3.1 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio) and in turn has become a more effective pitcher.

With Street still on the 60 day DL and Bedrosian looking to be out of commission for at least another week, Norris looks like a viable candidate to not only fill in for the injured relievers, but to battle for the spot once Bedrosian returns.

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