In what has been another chapter in the ongoing series of Los Angeles Angels (53-63) disappointments, the Halos bullpen has cost the team precious chances at victory this season. In the month of August alone, the Los Angeles bullpen has lost three times after taking over with a lead or the game tied. On top of all the other Halo injuries and struggles, this is perhaps most disappointing for the beleaguered starting rotation that must now feel that no lead of theirs is safe.
The Angels’ reliever corps ranks 26th out of 30 in the MLB this year, going 15-20 with a 4.20 ERA. Those numbers have only gotten worse since GM Jerry Dipoto traded reliable lefty Scott Downs away to Atlanta for unproven reliever Corey Rasmus at the end of July.
The struggles raise questions as the Halos try to reconfigure their rotation heading into next season: should they acquire another, much-needed starting pitcher? Will interim starter Jerome Williams be sent back to the bullpen where he is most valuable? What of Garrett Richards, whose name was at the center of trade talks last month and who has also been a bullpen transplant into the starting rotation? Might Dipoto roll the dice once more and try to move him for a starter in the offseason?
Whatever the answers to these questions, they are only a piece of the puzzle that Dipoto and owner Arte Moreno will have to solve this offseason. Expectations will be high, and failure to make moves will likely strand the Angels towards the bottom of the standings for at least a few more years.