The Los Angeles Angels were hoping to have some bullpen stability this season, and they may have found it with Michael Kohn.
Kohn was not considered a lock entering Spring Training as he had a 6.30 ERA in 10.0 IP. After the Angels chose to add him to their Opening Day 25-man roster, the 27-year-old has been an effective pitcher on the mound. He has 1.86 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 9.0 IP. Outside of his second appearance of the season against the Seattle Mariners, Kohn has not allowed a run, given up more than one hit in an appearance, and has recorded a strikeout in all but one game. His dominance out of the bullpen could not have come at a better time given that all of the Halos’ relievers besides Kohn and Yoslan Herrera currently have ERAs above 3.00.
Los Angeles needs Kohn to continue being a reliable arm. It is essential for the Angels to have a strong bullpen this season after they experienced first-hand what can happen to a team when the bullpen is inconsistent.
With Kohn pitching well and other relievers beginning to pitch with more confidence and keeping the Halos in games, it will help the team get back on track after a slow start to the season. Ultimately, what it comes down to is that pitching wins games, and with Kohn proving to be a go-to arm in the bullpen, a pitching staff that was one of the worst in the league last season should see some stability this year.