Bridwell started 20 games for the Angels in 2017, posting a 3.64 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with just 73 strikeouts over 121 innings. He did well to limit home runs, allowing just 19, and recorded a solid walk rate of just 2.2 BB/9 but his FIP (4.88) suggested that his ERA should have been far worse. Fortunately, the Angels have decided to move forward with a six-man rotation at the onset of the 2018 campaign, which will grant Bridwell another opportunity to remain near the back-end of the staff if he's able to preform well this spring.
Bridwell (10-3) pitched seven scoreless innings with three strikeouts to take the win over Seattle on Sunday. He allowed just three hits and a walk.
Bridwell entered with a discouraging 6.60 ERA and 5.4 K/9 through his past six outings, so this was a solid bounce-back showing to cap off the season. While his lack of strikeout upside (5.4 K/9) definitely limits his fantasy value, Bridwell was still able to collect 10 wins and post a solid 3.64 ERA through 121 innings this season. The 26-year-old righty isn't a lock to open the 2018 campaign in the Angels' starting rotation, and in most fantasy settings, Bridwell should probably be viewed as a wait-and-see option next spring.
Bridwell (9-3) was credited with the win in Tuesday's game against the White Sox. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one over 6.2 innings.
Bridwell served up two solo shots to Jose Abreu on Tuesday, but was otherwise effective in his 6.2 inning outing. He was sitting at 79 pitches when he was lifted from the game after allowing three of the first four batters of the seventh inning to reach base. The quality start moved his ERA to a solid 3.87 mark, but he has now recorded just two strikeouts over his past two starts. He lines up for a final regular season start Sunday against the Mariners.
Bridwell (8-3) allowed four runs on five hits -- including two home runs -- over 5.1 innings in a losing effort against the Indians on Thursday. He struck out one and walked two batters.
He was able to stave off significant regression for longer than most expected, but all the contact allowed has started to catch up with Bridwell, with his ERA jumping nearly a full run over his last five starts. The Angels don't have another off day before the end of the regular season, so Bridwell will likely make two more starts (at CWS, vs SEA), but he's more of a risk to the ratios than his current 3.86 ERA and 1.25 WHIP would suggest.
Bridwell (8-2) struck out seven over six scoreless innings in a win over Texas on Saturday.
After allowing 19 runs over 24 innings in his past five outings, this was a promising rebound from Bridwell. The Rangers boast an admirable offense, after all. However, with a 4.56 FIP and 6.0 K/9 for the year, Bridwell's fantasy upside is capped. He also projects to make his next start against red-hot Cleveland.
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