Bedrosian was the winning pitcher of record after firing a clean inning with a strikeout in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Mariners. The 25-year-old has picked up wins in consecutive appearances as the Angels' rotation continues to struggle going deep into games. Blake Parker has usurped Bedrosian as the Halos' top closing option, but Yusmiero Petit's save Sunday shows that manager Mike Scioscia is still willing to mix and match in the ninth inning.
Bedrosian took the loss against the Rangers after allowing an unearned run with three walks and one strikeout over two-thirds of an inning Friday. Bedrosian lacked control in this one, throwing just 10 of his 26 pitches for strikes. A throwing error by Martin Maldonado got the 25-year-old off the hook for his lone run, but three walks provided no salvation for his fantasy owners' WHIP. Bedrosian was the head of the closing committee following Bud Norris' demotion from the role last month, but he hasn't been used in the ninth inning since Aug. 16. Blake Parker has converted the Halos' last three save opportunities and appears to have a firm grip on the closer role for the time being.
Bedrosian (3-3) was charged with a blown save and the loss after surrendering three runs on three hits and two walks in the eighth inning of Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Astros. He struck out two. Manager Mike Scioscia deployed his flamethrowing righty in the eighth inning with the top of Houston's order due up in a one-run game. Bedrosian actually struck out the first two batters of the frame before falling victim to three infield singles and a bases-clearing triple off the bat of Brian McCann. The 25-year-old still figures to be the best bet for save chances for the Halos, but his inability to pitch in back-to-back games coupled with Scioscia's unpredictable bullpen usage (five different relievers with saves this month) places Bedrosian in the lower tier of closers.
Bedrosian was brought into Friday's game against the Orioles in the sixth inning, tossing a clean inning with a strikeout in an eventual 9-7 loss. Bedrosian managed to preserve a two-run lead, something his fellow relievers couldn't accomplish in the ninth inning. The 25-year-old has been acting as the Angels' primary closer this month, but manager Mike Scioscia said he was attempting to play matchups Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. That plan clearly failed when Yusmiero Petit and Keynan Middleton combined for a four-run implosion in the ninth inning, squandering what would have been the Halos' eighth win in their last nine contests. While Bedrosian didn't get the save opportunity in this one, his teammates' shortcomings should help cement his role as the club's top closing option, even if he doesn't pitch on back-to-back days.
Bedrosian worked around a walk in a scoreless inning against the Nationals on Wednesday en route to his sixth save of the season. Bedrosian has seemingly reestablished himself as the preferred ninth-inning option in Anaheim, converting three save chances in the past seven days. The Angels won't use Bedrosian in back-to-back games until he's 100 percent recovered from his groin injury, and that means the likes of Kenyan Middleton and/or Blake Parker could sneak in an occasional save when Bedrosian is unavailable.
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