Buttrey allowed a hit and a walk over 1.2 scoreless innings Saturday while striking out three to record his second save of the season in a 6-3 win over the Royals. Hansel Robles has seen the bulk of the work as the Angels' closer over the last few weeks, but Buttrey has been just as effective in high-leverage spots, reeling off eight straight scoreless appearances with a 13:1 K:BB over 10.2 innings during that stretch. So far, however, both of Buttrey's saves have come when Robles pitched the day before, making the pecking order in the team's bullpen clear.
Buttrey allowed two hits while striking out two through two innings to record his first save in a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday. The 26-year-old has been used as a high-leverage option recently and was effective in two innings to nail down his first save of the season. Even though he is a candidate for saves, the Angels are unlikely to use a traditional closer's role. Hansel Robles recorded the save Tuesday and may not have been available. Buttrey has a 1.13 ERA and a 21:3 K:BB through 16 innings.
Buttrey (1-1) was charged with the blown save and the loss Wednesday against the Yankees. He allowed one earned run on two hits and zero walks while striking out three over 2.2 innings. Buttrey was called upon to put out a fire in the seventh inning, and he did limit the damage to a large extent, though he allowed a couple inherited runners to score on a sacrifice fly and a fielder's choice and thus was stuck with the blown save. He stayed in the game and tried to keep it tied all the way through nine, but this sequence unfolded with two outs in the ninth inning: single, stolen base, bloop RBI single. The Angels' bats couldn't rally against Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the frame and so Buttrey took the loss as well. Cody Allen was removed from the closer role and Buttrey is a top candidate for save chances along with Hansel Robles. We like Buttrey more, but it's clear that manager Brad Ausmus will use Buttrey in what he feels is the biggest spot in the late innings -- not necessarily the ninth.
Buttrey could be used as a fill-in closer after Cody Allen was demoted from the role Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Manager Brad Ausmus said the Angels would turn to "some other guys" in lieu of Allen, with Buttrey and Hansel Robles the likeliest candidates to be called upon. Buttrey has been lights out to start the season with a 1.29 WHIP and 13:3 K:BB over 9.1 scoreless innings while notching five holds in a high-leverage role.
Buttrey gave up one hit while striking out one batter in a scoreless inning Monday against the White Sox. The right-hander worked the eighth inning -- that will likely be where we see him most to begin the regular season, setting up for new closer Cody Allen. Buttrey, acquired from Boston last year in exchange for Ian Kinsler, impressed down the stretch for the Angels, earning four saves and six holds before being shut down with right knee bursitis.