Robles threw a scoreless inning in Sunday's loss to the Mariners. He's thrown 4.2 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and one walk this season. Robles was mentioned by Rocco Baldelli in spring training as a pitcher who could finish games, but he's been used in the seventh and eighth inning so far this season to set up Alex Colome. It's not a stretch to think he could figure into the closer mix if Colome continues to struggle, but he's not likely to finish games at the moment. At least Robles is showing so far that he may back to his 2019 form (2.48 ERA) after his 2020 struggles (10.26 ERA).
Robles gave up three runs (two earned) and four hits in one inning in Thursday's spring training loss to Tampa Bay, but reached 96 mph with his fastball, MLB.com reports. Robles' velocity declined to an average 95.5 mph fastball last season from 97.1 mph in 2019, so this could be a positive sign early in camp. Robles has been mentioned by Rocco Baldelli as a closer option, but he'll likely first need to prove he's back to the form that saw him post a 2.48 ERA and 1.9 BB/9 in 2019; he's coming off a 10.26 ERA and 5.4 BB/9 in 2020.
Robles signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Twins on Tuesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. If the Twins are getting the 2019 version of Robles, who saved 23 games for the Angels while posting a 2.48 ERA, they'll be getting a high-leverage reliever for quite cheap. They'll be quite disappointed if they get the 2020 version, however, as the 30-year-old righty is coming off a year in which he struggled to a 10.26 ERA in 16.2 frames. His walk rate, which spiked from 5.7 to 12.5 percent, was the primary culprit, and given that his 2019 mark was his only time below 10 percent in that category in the last five years, a dramatic improvement might not be in the cards.
Robles was non-tendered by the Angels on Wednesday. Robles' value peaked when he saved 23 games for the Angels in 2019, but he followed that up by posting a 10.26 ERA in 16.2 innings last season. The 30-year-old righty's past success could allow him to secure a big-league deal on the open market.
Robles (0-2) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Dodgers. He allowed two runs on one hit and one walk while fanning two across one inning. Robles enjoyed a solid stretch of five straight scoreless appearances between Aug. 5 and Aug. 15, but he has allowed runs in five of his last eight outings, including three of the five appearances he made this month. Robles enters the final day of the regular season sporting a career-worst 10.91 ERA in 15.2 innings across 17 appearances.
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