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Joe Smith | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/22/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joe Smith worked a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to earn the save against the Blue Jays.
The acquisition of Jason Grilli has done nothing to Smith's role as the team's closer, as he's now gone seven straight appearances without allowing a hit. On Wednesday, Smith set down the Blue Jays in order, striking out two. The right-hander has 12 saves on the year, and he owns a 2.50 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 43/9 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings. Jul 9 - 7:31 PM

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Joe Smith notched his 11th save with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.

The Los Angeles bullpen had its work cut out for it when Jered Weaver exited after two innings due to lower back tightness. Matt Shoemaker allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings to earn his seventh win, and then the Halos' "real" relievers tossed 3 1/3 shutout frames to secure the victory. They were facing a Blue Jays offense coming off a horrific offensive performance in a four-game sweep at the hands of Oakland, going 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position.
Jul 8 - 1:41 AM

Joe Smith converted his 10th save with a scoreless inning in Thursday's win over the Astros.

Smith worked around a two-out Marwin Gonzalez walk to protect the 5-2 lead; it was the first free pass he'd issued since June 10. The 30-year-old closer has converted five straight save chances. Smith is firmly ahead of Jason Grilli in the ninth inning pecking order for now, but Grilli, who hasn't allowed a run as an Angel, is lurking. The sidewinding righty owns a 2.70 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 40/9 K/BB ratio.
Jul 4 - 1:25 AM

Joe Smith pitched a perfect ninth inning against the White Sox on Tuesday -- his second appearance on the day -- for his ninth save of the season.

Protecting a two-run lead, Smith got Gordon Beckham, Adam Eaton and Leury Garcia -- not exactly a murderer's row -- in succession to seal the victory. Since officially taking over the closer's role in June 24, Smith has converted four straight save chances, allowing just two hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander owns a 2.78 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 40/8 K/BB ratio overall and should be owned almost universally while he's closing games for a good Angels team.
Jul 2 - 12:27 AM

Joe Smith converted his eighth save of the season with a perfect inning in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

Smith was called upon to wiggle out of a bases-loaded, no-out mess that Rich Hill handed him with the score at 7-3. The side-armer promptly induced a double play and then a groundout to end it. Jason Grilli is a threat, but Smith is the favorite for saves in Anaheim right now.
Jul 1 - 9:29 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after Tuesday's game that he plans to use Joe Smith in the closer role for now.

"We're going to keep Joe in the back end for right now until (Ernesto Frieri) gets his feet on the ground and his game comes back," Scioscia said. The statement comes as no surprise after Smith tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save Tuesday. However, it's also clear that Scioscia would prefer Frieri in the ninth, so expect him to return there once he irons things out.
Jun 25 - 1:53 AM

Joe Smith earned his first save since May 14 by tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Twins on Tuesday.

Mike Scioscia has opted for a closer-by-committee in response to the sorry state of his bullpen, and the plan worked to perfection for at least one night. After C.J. Wilson allowed six runs in five innings, the bullpen finished off an 8-6 win by hurling four shutout frames. Mike Morin came on in the sixth, with Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri following in the seventh and eighth to bridge a lead to Smith. Smith is probably the more reliable option for saves in the bullpen right now, which makes him ownable in all applicable formats.
Jun 25 - 1:19 AM

Joe Smith allowed a home run to Brad Snyder in the ninth inning of Sunday's win over the Rangers.

But he struck out two of the other three batters he faced to protect the Angels' late lead. It was a non-save situation. Smith is currently in a committee at closer with Ernesto Frieri, Mike Morin, and maybe a few others.
Jun 23 - 8:44 AM

Joe Smith was unavailable Saturday because of a stiff neck, Mike Scioscia said after the game.

Smith had pitched the previous two days anyway. If he's ready to go Sunday, there's a good chance he'll be held back for a save situation.
Jun 22 - 1:30 AM

Joe Smith notched his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Smith induced a flyout and a foulout before getting Domonic Brown swinging to end it. He had been preceded by Ernesto Frieri, who fired a perfect frame of his own. Angels manager Mike Scioscia would like Frieri to take hold of the closer role, but Smith is probably the more reliable option right now. It's a situation in flux.
May 14 - 4:49 PM

Joe Smith notched a save in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.

With the Angels up 5-1, Tyler Skaggs allowed back-to-back hits to begin the bottom of the ninth before Smith got the call to close things out. The submariner gave up a pair of run-scoring hits, but ultimately got Adam Lind to ground into a game-ending double play. We still expect Ernesto Frieri to get his closer job back before long, but Smith could continue to see save chances in the short-term depending on the situation.
May 10 - 4:19 PM

Joe Smith returned to action on Friday, serving up a game-tying solo homer to Jose Reyes in the eighth inning, though he would go on to pick up the victory in the ballgame.

Smith had been sidelined since Sunday due to tightness in his right side, an injury that seems to have cost him his job as the Angels closer. Ernesto Frieri continued his resurgence on Friday, striking out a pair in a scoreless ninth inning to lock down his fourth save of the season.
May 10 - 4:15 AM

Joe Smith will not be available to pitch Tuesday due to tightness in his right side.

It sounds like a day-to-day issue for but could certainly wind up being worse if the oblique is involved. Smith is back in a setup role for the Angels with Ernesto Frieri regaining his closer job.
May 6 - 7:23 PM

Joe Smith was set to close out Monday's game against the Yankees, but got sick in the bullpen.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia then turned to Ernesto Frieri, who struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to notch the save. While it wasn't by design, we wouldn't be surprised if Frieri got his job back. He has five straight scoreless appearances.
May 6 - 8:36 AM

Joe Smith nailed down his third save with a scoreless ninth Saturday against the Rangers.

Smith hasn't had a hiccup yet, but Ernesto Frieri is already making a case to regain the closer's role. We expect the Angels to eventually switch back to Frieri even if Smith continues to do nothing wrong.
May 4 - 12:45 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Hank Conger
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Howie Kendrick
SS1Erick Aybar
2John McDonald
3B1David Freese
LF1Josh Hamilton
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
DH1C.J. Cron
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Garrett Richards
4Tyler Skaggs
5Matt Shoemaker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Smith
2Jason Grilli
3Kevin Jepsen
4Joe Thatcher
5Fernando Salas
6Hector Santiago
7Mike Morin
8Cam Bedrosian
9Brian Moran
10Ryan Brasier
11Sean Burnett