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Ernesto Frieri | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ernesto Frieri blew his first save of the season by coughing up John Jaso's two-run ninth-inning homer in Monday's 3-2 loss to the A's.
Frieri allowed a leadoff single to Josh Donaldson, retired Yoenis Cespedes on a fly out in which Cespedes thought he had called time, and then got careless up in the zone with Jaso, who blasted a no-doubter out to right. The closer proceeded to cough up singles to Alberto Callaspo and Nick Punto before Mike Scioscia yanked him to boos (Jose Alvarez escaped the inning with no further damage inflicted). Angels fans are calling for Frieri's head already, but they should keep in mind that he was 37-for-41 in save opportunities last year (albeit it with a poor 3.80 ERA and 1.24 WHIP). Besides, he entered tonight having allowed only one baserunner over four consecutive scoreless frames. Joe Smith isn't going to leapfrog him tomorrow, but Frieri is advised to cut down on that 6.75 ERA next time out. Apr 15 - 1:15 AM

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Ernesto Frieri pitched around a walk to hurl a scoreless ninth inning and earn his first save of the season in a 2-0 win against Seattle on Wednesday.

Frieri didn't get an easy lineup draw, but he induced a Robinson Cano ground out and whiffed Corey Hart around a Justin Smoak walk. Kyle Seager provided Seattle's last chance to push the Mariners' record to 5-0 against the Angels this season, but Frieri fooled him into a game-ending grounder to second. Back on April 2, Frieri coughed up two homers in his first appearance of the season versus Seattle. He hasn't given up a run in two outings since.
Apr 10 - 1:14 AM

Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect sixth inning as the Angels defeated the Brewers 12-2 on Wednesday.

Frieri punched out two in the effort. He has yet to allow a run in four innings while striking out four. The right-hander isn't a top-tier closer because of his control, but he will certainly pile up the strikeouts in bunches.
Mar 12 - 7:38 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia wants to limit closer Ernesto Frieri to one-inning outings this season.

"If it's needed (to bring in Frieri in the eighth), we'll have it," Scioscia said. "But it'll be better if we can keep him in that bubble." This is a topic of conversation coming off a season in which Frieri led the majors in saves of at least four outs in 2013 with seven. Nobody else had even five. "I think he'll maintain his stuff better and maybe be more effective," Scioscia said. Los Angeles will use Joe Smith and Sean Burnett as a bridge to the ninth inning.
Mar 11 - 3:25 PM

Ernesto Frieri tossed a scoreless inning during Thursday's 4-4 tie with the Dodgers.

Frieri got into trouble in the fifth inning, issuing two singles and giving up a single, but catcher Chris Iannetta helped him out by throwing out Justin Turner attempting to steal second base. The Angels' closer will be a good source of saves and strikeouts if he can keep his control in check.
Mar 6 - 6:56 PM

Ernesto Frieri tossed a perfect fourth inning in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks

Only one of Frieri's pitches was well-struck: a line drive caught at third base. Frieri is entering his second season as the Angels' full-time closer. He saved 37 games and posted a 3.80 ERA last season. Given his prodigious ability to miss bats, Frieri's ERA should deflate so long as he can keep the walks down.
Mar 3 - 5:50 PM

Angels avoided arbitration with RHP Ernesto Frieri by agreeing to a one-year, $3.8 million contract.

It's a sizable raise for the first-time arbitration-eligible reliever. Frieri notched 37 saves in 41 chances for the Angels last season, posting a 3.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 98/30 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings. He'll serve as the Halos' closer again in 2014.
Jan 17 - 5:14 PM

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed on MLB Network Radio Friday that Ernesto Frieri will be the team's closer in 2014.

The hard-throwing 28-year-old notched 37 saves in 41 chances for the Angels last season, posting a 3.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 98/30 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings. He struggles with his command at times and can be prone to the long ball, but when he's on his game he's nearly untouchable. He should once again be a fairly dependable fantasy closer.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 08:14:00 PM

Ernesto Frieri shut the Astros down in the eighth and ninth innings on Sunday to earn his 34th save of the season.

Frieri struck out four batters over those two frames, which is why he required 33 pitches to escape despite allowing only one hit and no walks. Frieri was forced to enter in the eighth inning because setup man Dane De La Rosa allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base. Frieri has allowed just one run since August 7. He's converted his last nine save opportunities.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 06:48:00 PM

Ernesto Frieri picked up his 31st save despite giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the Rangers.

The run came on back-to-back hits with two outs. Frieri then fanned Ian Kinsler to end the game. It was the first run allowed by Frieri since Aug. 6. He's converted his last six save chances.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 01:23:00 AM

Ernesto Frieri recorded his 28th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Rays.

It wasn't easy, as Frieri issued a leadoff walk and allowed a one-out double to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. He was able to wiggle out of trouble, though, getting a foul out and flyout to end it. Dane De La Rosa was used ahead of Frieri Thursday, as Angels manager Mike Scioscia continues to give fantasy owners a headache by alternating closers.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 06:27:00 PM

Ernesto Frieri struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 27th save of the year against the Mariners on Friday.

Frieri owners can exhale now, as this was the veteran's first save in exactly three weeks. During that time, he's endured job-security questions both in the media and out of the lips of manager Mike Scioscia. Frieri has strung together six straight scoreless innings, but it's going to take more than that to erase memories of his nightmarish seven-appearance stretch between July 23-August 6 when the closer went 0-2 with two blown saves and posted a 23.14 ERA and a Miguel-Cabrera-against-high-school-pitching slash line of .556/.636/.963 to opposing batters.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 03:16:00 PM

Ernesto Frieri finally notched his first win by pitching two scoreless innings with four strikeouts Saturday against the Astros.

Frieri has pitched four scoreless innings since manager Mike Scioscia told him he was being bounced from the closer's role. He's still the team's best option in the ninth, and Scioscia will probably give him a chance to win the job back if he can keep this up for a couple of more appearances.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 01:31:00 AM

Ernesto Frieri has been removed as the Angels closer for the time being.

The writing was on the wall when Dane De La Rosa was given the save opportunity on Friday, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday his preference is to use Frieri in low-leverage situations until he regains his previous form. Frieri hasn't pitched since August 6, allowing four runs in his last two appearances spanning one full inning.
Sat, Aug 10, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Ernesto Frieri picked up his 26th save with a scoreless ninth Friday against the Blue Jays.

Frieri struck out the side in a two-run game, though he did allow a double in the process. It was his first save since July 24 after he blew back-to-back chances earlier this week. One more blown save will likely get him bumped back to middle relief for a bit.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 01:44:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Hank Conger
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Howie Kendrick
SS1Erick Aybar
2John McDonald
3B1David Freese
2Ian Stewart
LF1Josh Hamilton
2J.B. Shuck
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
DH1Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Hector Santiago
4Garrett Richards
5Tyler Skaggs
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ernesto Frieri
2Joe Smith
3Sean Burnett
4Kevin Jepsen
5Michael Kohn
6Fernando Salas
7Brian Moran
8Ryan Brasier
9Josh Wall
10Yoslan Herrera
11Dane De La Rosa