Robles has benefited from increased confidence and an ability to "be himself" since joining the Angels, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
"I don't think he was comfortable in his own skin in New York, for whatever reason. But he is comfortable now. You see the smile on his face. You see it in his delivery. The confidence is there," said pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who was Robles' manager with the Mets before joining the closer in Los Angeles prior to this season. Robles broke through with a solid campaign in his first season with the Angels in 2019, racking up 23 saves while posting a 2.48 ERA (2.88 FIP) and 75:16 K:BB across 72.2 innings. He'll open the season as the Angels' closer despite a rough spring during which he gave up three runs and seven hits in four innings while striking out six in Cactus League play.
Manager Joe Maddon called it a "safe bet" that Robles would be the Angels' closer this season, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
There wasn't too much doubt that Robles would be the team's primary ninth-inning option, but it's still nice to see it confirmed by the manager. Robles broke out in 2019 after a few mediocre seasons to post a 2.48 ERA and save 23 games while slashing his walk rate from 10.3 percent to 5.7 percent. If Robles stumbles this season, Ty Buttrey, Noe Ramirez, Cam Bedrosian and Keynan Middleton are among the options that could take over the job.
Robles signed a one-year, $3.85 million contract with the Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Robles put together a stellar 2019 season, finishing with a 2.48 ERA and 1.02 WHIP to go along with 75 strikeouts and 23 saves (four blown saves) across 72.2 frames. He'll begin the 2020 campaign as the team's closer.
Robles (5-1) gave up two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out two through one inning, blowing a save chance and taking the loss against the Athletics on Wednesday.
With a one-run lead in the ninth inning, Robles allowed a two-run home run to give him a blown save and the loss. The 29-year-old hadn't blown a save since Aug. 21 and had a 1.17 ERA since June 1 coming into this appearance. Robles has a 2.48 ERA with 75 strikeouts through 72.2 innings.
Robles picked up the save against the Athletics on Tuesday, giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 3-2 victory for the Angels. He struck out one and walked none.
Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Robles yielded a hit, but managed to work around it to close out Oakland and pick up his 23rd save of the season in 26 chances. The 29-year-old has put together a great year as the primary ninth-inning option for the Angels, posting a 2.26 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 73:16 K:BB across 71.2 innings.
Robles did not allow a run and gave up one hit while striking out two Wednesday to notch the save against the Yankees on Wednesday.
His 22 saves are good for 18th most in baseball. He is under team control through the 2021 season and should be the closer for the foreseeable future.
Robles walked one batter over 1.1 scoreless frames Sunday, striking out two batters and earning the save over the Rays.
After issuing a leadoff walk to Joey Wendle to start the ninth inning, Robles retired the final three batters to earn his 21st save. The 29-year-old is riding a 14-inning scoreless streak, lowering his season ERA to 2.36.
Robles struck out one in a perfect ninth inning against the White Sox on Saturday en route to his 20th save of the season.
Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Robles retired Yolmer Sanchez, Ryan Goins and Tim Anderson in order on 17 pitches. The saves have been few and far between lately -- this was just his fourth save in the last six weeks -- but Robles has pitched brilliantly when given the opportunity. He would seem to have locked down the closer job for 2020.
Robles picked up the save against the Rangers on Tuesday, tossing a scoreless ninth inning without allowing a baserunner to close out the Angels' 5-2 victory. He didn't record a strikeout or a walk.
Robles blew his third save of the season his last time out, but he managed to bounce back with an easy effort in this contest, needing just 12 pitches to dispatch of the Rangers and collect his 19th save of the year. He's done a solid job in the closer role for the Angels in 2019, as he's sporting a 2.73 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 57:15 K:BB across 59.1 innings.
Robles blew a save chance in Wednesday's loss to Texas, allowing one hit in two-thirds of an inning while striking out one.
Robles was called upon to protect a one-run lead with one out in the eighth inning, inheriting runners at first and second. He induced a fielder's choice groundball to Rougned Odor for the second out but then served up a game-tying single to Shin-Soo Choo before ending the inning with a strikeout. Despite the missed opportunity, Robles has a firm hold on the closer position for the Angels as he has posted a 2.78 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 57:15 K:BB in 58.1 innings this season while racking up 18 saves.
Robles pitched a perfect ninth inning Saturday, striking out one to earn his 18th save in a 6-5 win over the White Sox.
Robles had given up a single run in both of his last two appearances, but he kept things clean Saturday to earn the save. He now has a 2.93 ERA and 54:13 K:BB across 55.1 innings this season.
Robles recorded a two-out save against the White Sox on Thursday, allowing one run on two hits and a strikeout in the 8-7 victory.
With one out, Robles came into the ninth inning to replace Trevor Cahill, who had given up a pair of runs to cut the Angels lead to 8-5. The White Sox got to Robles right away with a two-run home run by Welington Castillo, making it a one-run game. The right-hander then put the tying runner on base by allowing a single to Yolmer Sanchez. Luckily, Robles stifled the threat with a fielder's choice out and a strikeout to finish things off for good. The 29-year-old now has 17 saves this season with a 2.98 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
Robles (4-0) earned the win against Boston on Sunday, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings and giving up one hit while striking out two.
Robles retired Xander Bogaerts for the final out of the ninth inning to send the game into extra frames, then shut down the Red Sox in the 10th after Los Angeles scored the go-ahead run in the top of the inning. Robles has not had a save opportunity since July 24 but remains firmly entrenched as the Angels' closer, posting a 2.73 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 51:13 K:BB over 52.2 innings while converting 16 of 18 save chances this season.
Robles earned the save Wednesday after tossing a perfect ninth inning at Dodger Stadium.
Robles was called upon in the ninth inning to protect a narrow 3-2 lead. The right-hander shut down the Dodgers in order to pick up his 16th save of the season. Robles seems to have settled into his ninth-inning role, only giving up two earned runs over his last 21 appearances. Overall this year, the 28-year-old owns a 2.64 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 46:12 K:BB.
Robles pitched one inning against the Dodgers on Tuesday and gave up one run on two hits and a walk to earn the save.
Robles entered the game having pitched 10 consecutive scoreless innings but surrendered a run on a walk followed by a double and a sacrifice fly. He then gave up a pinch-hit single to Enrique Hernandez and would have allowed another run -- and suffered his third blown save of the season -- if not for a perfect throw from right field by Kole Calhoun to gun down Cody Bellinger at the plate and end the game. Despite the shaky appearance, Robles has a firm grasp on closing duties for the Angels, compiling 15 saves in 17 chances while posting a 2.70 ERA and 46:12 K:BB in 46.2 innings.
Robles picked up the save against the Astros on Monday, working around one hit to toss a scoreless ninth inning and close out the Angels' 9-6 victory. He struck out two and walked none.
It was another smooth effort for the 28-year-old, who logged his 14th save in 16 chances. Robles has grabbed hold of the primary closer role for the Angels thanks to his 2.62 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 46:11 K:BB through 44.2 innings, and he should continue to see the majority of the action in save opportunities during the second half of the season.
Robles worked around a hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning of work to earn his 13th save of the season Sunday against the Mariners.
Staked to a three-run lead, Robles pumped in 15 of 20 pitches for strikes as he worked around a two-out single to retire the side. He walked three batters in his previous outing, so it was good to see his control return during this outing. Robles is excelling in the closer's role and now has a 2.68 ERA for the season on the back of eight consecutive scoreless innings.
Robles covered two scoreless frames in Sunday's 11-10 loss to the Astros in 10 innings, working around three walks and a hit 35-pitch appearance.
With the All-Star break on tap, manager Brad Ausmus had no qualms about having Robles work longer than he normally would in the series finale in Houston. The Los Angeles closer was pressed into action in a tie game in the bottom of the eighth and was able to escape a bases-loaded, no-out mess to end the Houston threat. He proceeded to load the bases again in the bottom of the ninth but ultimately came away unscathed after striking out Tyler White for the final out of the frame. He'll carry a 2.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 12-for-14 success rate on save chances into the second half.
Robles struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his 12th save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Astros.
It's his first save since June 18, but that's been due to a lack of opportunities and not poor performance. Robles has only been scored upon once in 15 appearances since the beginning of last month, posting a sparkling 0.59 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 16:1 K:BB through 15.1 innings over that stretch.
Robles secured the save Tuesday at Toronto with one strikeout while not allowing a baserunner in the ninth inning.
Robles had no issues versus the top of the order Tuesday as he delivered 11 of his 16 pitches for strikes. The 28-year-old hasn't allowed a run in his last eight appearances with a 8:1 K:BB during that stretch, and overall is 11-for-13 in save opportunities.
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