Petit struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to convert his fourth save Saturday against the Rangers. The Angels' top closing option, Blake Parker, logged a two-inning save Friday, so Petit was asked to close out Saturday's victory. It was the veteran reliever's second save in the past week and his fourth overall this season. Petit's 2.09 ERA combined with his recent usage late in games gives him a boost in fantasy value; just don't expect as many save opportunities as traditional closers while the Angels deploy a committee approach down the stretch.
Petit threw a perfect ninth inning against the Mariners on Sunday to earn his third save of the season. He induced three flyball outs to preserve a 5-3 victory. Blake Parker worked the eighth inning, and manager Mike Scioscia later explained to the Orange County Register that he didn't hold Parker back for a save because he liked him there against the lefty-loaded top of the order. With Scioscia clearly comfortable mixing and matching, it's possible Petit will see a couple more save chances before the end of the season.
Petit was the winning pitcher of record after tossing a scoreless ninth with one strikeout in an extra-inning win over the Rangers on Saturday. Petit has excelled as a long reliever for the Angels, posting a 2.34 ERA with a 5.2 K/BB ratio over 77 innings. The 32-year-old notched two saves as a part of a closing committee in August, but Blake Parker has since taken a stronghold of the closing job, limiting Petit to the middle innings going forward.
Petit was charged with two runs on two hits and a walk over 1.1 innings in Friday's 9-7 loss to the Orioles. Manager Mike Scioscia rolled Petit out to begin the ninth inning after he successfully protected a two-run lead in the eighth. The veteran reliever promptly allowed two batters to reach base before he was lifted for Keynan Middleton, who then surrendered a walkoff grand slam to Manny Machado. This was the second save opportunity the 32-year-old has received in his last four appearances, but he wasn't able to get the job done this time around. The Angels continue to deploy a committee of sorts to close out games, but Petit appears to be near the bottom of the totem pole.
Petit tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for his second save Friday against the Mariners. The Angels had to use both Bud Norris and Cam Bedrosian in Thursday's win, so the save opportunity fell to Petit on Friday. He handled it with aplomb, but considering Andrew Bailey is also nearing a return, competition will be stiff for save opportunities in the future.
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