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Entries in Ernesto Frieri (2)

Monday
Sep102012

4+ out saves

There have been 82 saves this season of at least 1.1 innings. The most recent was Billy-Ball fave Ernesto Frieri of the Angels who finished off the Tigers going 1.1 innings throwing 38 pitches as he earned his 18th save of the season as the red-hot Angels edged the Tigers, 3-2.

Ernesto Frieri yesterday

If you look at the September saves of at least four outs you will see a common thread...


PlayerDateTmOppRsltApp,DecIPHRERBBSOHRPit
1 Ernesto Frieri 09-09 LAA DET 3-2 8-9f ,S 1.1 0 0 0 1 3 0 38
2 Sergio Romo 09-07 SFG LAD 5-2 8-9f ,S 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 18
3 Craig Kimbrel 09-05 ATL COL 1-0 8-9f ,S 1.1 0 0 0 1 4 0 25
4 Jason Motte 09-03 STL NYM 5-4 8-9f ,S 1.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 31
5 Vinnie Pestano 09-01 CLE TEX 4-3 8-9f ,S 1.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 30
6 Fernando Rodney 09-01 TBR TOR 5-4 8-9f ,S 1.2 1 0 0 2 2 0 28
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/10/2012.

The only four-out reliever not for a contending team in this group was Vinnie Pestano for the Tribe and you can expect contenders to push their closers even more over the last three weeks of the season.

There are 16 pitchers who have already had multiple four-out-plus saves this season:

 

There have been 33 games in which pitchers have had at least five-out saves.

Here are the 19 saves of at least two innings:

RkPlayerDateTmOppRsltApp,DecIPHRER
1 Derek Lowe 2012-08-13 NYY TEX W 8-2 6-9f ,S 4.0 2 0 0
2 Jerome Williams 2012-07-30 LAA TEX W 15-8 6-9f ,S 4.0 8 5 5
3 Patrick Corbin 2012-07-08 ARI LAD W 7-1 7-9f ,S 3.0 3 1 1
4 Evan Scribner 2012-06-15 OAK SDP W 10-2 7-9f ,S 3.0 0 0 0
5 Hisashi Iwakuma 2012-05-30 SEA TEX W 21-8 7-9f ,S 3.0 5 3 3
6 Kris Medlen 2012-04-27 ATL PIT W 6-1 7-9f ,S 3.0 0 0 0
7 Junichi Tazawa 2012-04-26 BOS CHW W 10-3 7-9f ,S 3.0 2 0 0
8 Tom Gorzelanny 2012-04-25 WSN SDP W 7-2 7-9f ,S 3.0 3 1 1
9 Tyler Chatwood 2012-04-11 COL SFG W 17-8 7-9f ,S 3.0 2 1 1
10 Vicente Padilla 2012-05-07 BOS KCR W 11-5 7-9f ,S 2.2 3 0 0
11 Cristhian Martinez 2012-05-06 ATL COL W 7-2 7-9f ,S 2.2 0 0 0
12 Josh Kinney 2012-08-19 SEA MIN W 5-1 7-9f ,S 2.1 0 0 0
13 Glen Perkins 2012-08-02 MIN BOS W 5-0 8-9f ,S 2.0 0 0 0
14 Jeremy Affeldt 2012-07-31 SFG NYM W 4-1 8-9f ,S 2.0 0 0 0
15 Aaron Crow 2012-07-21 KCR MIN W 7-3 8-9f ,S 2.0 0 0 0
16 Darren Oliver 2012-07-15 TOR CLE W 3-0 8-9f ,S 2.0 1 0 0
17 Scott Downs 2012-07-02 LAA CLE W 3-0 8-9f ,S 2.0 0 0 0
18 Jeremy Affeldt 2012-06-04 SFG CHC W 3-2 8-9f ,S 2.0 0 0 0
19 Rafael Dolis 2012-04-27 CHC PHI W 5-1 8-9f ,S 2.0 1 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/10/2012.

In 1974, Rollie Fingers had 18 saves, just like Frieri this season, 12 of them were at least 1.1 innings.

RkDateTmOppRsltApp,DecIPHRERBBSOHR
1 1974-09-18 OAK KCR W 5-4 7-9f ,S 2.1 4 2 2 0 1 0
2 1974-09-02 OAK CAL W 6-4 8-9f ,S 1.1 2 0 0 0 2 0
3 1974-09-01 OAK DET W 5-3 8-9f ,S 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 0
4 1974-08-07 OAK TEX W 8-4 6-9f ,S 4.0 4 0 0 1 2 0
5 1974-07-28 (2) OAK CHW W 3-2 7-9f ,S 2.2 1 0 0 3 2 0
6 1974-07-16 OAK BAL W 4-3 8-9f ,S 1.2 0 0 0 0 4 0
7 1974-07-14 (1) OAK NYY W 7-3 7-9f ,S 3.0 1 0 0 0 3 0
8 1974-06-02 OAK MIL W 6-4 8-9f ,S 1.1 4 2 2 0 0 0
9 1974-05-31 OAK MIL W 5-2 7-9f ,S 3.0 1 1 1 1 1 0
10 1974-05-11 OAK MIN W 4-1 6-9f ,S 3.2 1 0 0 0 3 0
11 1974-05-03 OAK CLE W 3-1 8-9f ,S 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0
12 1974-04-16 OAK CHW W 4-3 8-9f ,S 1.2 1 0 0 0 3 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/10/2012.

 

I love that Fingers had no walks in nine of the appearances

Tuesday
May292012

Ernesto Frieri's Whiff-Tastic Fastball

Since being traded from the Padres to the Angels for infielder Alexi Amarista in early May, Ernesto Frieri has faced 41 helpless hitters. The right-hander with the sneaky, short-armed delivery has punched out 23 of those batters and hasn't allowed a single run to score on his watch. Frieiri's dominance is a result of many empty swings against his fastball. He might not have Alrodis Chapman-like velocity, but his results with the pitch are just as good -- if not better.

Frieri's fastball, which averages 92.6 mph and tops out at 95, has the highest opponent whiff rate in the majors among relief pitchers this season:

PitcherMiss Pct.
Ernesto Frieri 47.2%
Aroldis Chapman 39.6%
Jason Grilli 36.6%
Joel Peralta 32.2%
Craig Kimbrel 30.0%
Steve Delabar 29.9%
Fernando Rodriguez 28.4%
Brad Brach 26.6%
Jose Arredondo 26.2%
Andrew Cashner 26.1%
MLB Avg. for RP 19.5%

 

Eat your heart out, Chapman. Frieri likes to throw his fastball above the belt, with three-quarters of his heaters located in the middle or upper third of the strike zone:

Frieri's fastball location, 2012Those middle-high fastballs, particularly ones thrown to his arm side, are producing next to no contact for batters. Check out Frieri's fastball contact rate by pitch location, and then the average for relievers:

Hitters' contact rate by location vs. Frieri's fastball, 2012 

Average fastball contact rate by location vs. relief pitchers, 2012L.A. toiled at the bottom of the AL West standings early in the season in part due to a lousy bullpen (the Angels' pen has the second-worst Win Probability Added among AL clubs). But with the Angels riding a seven-game win streak and Frieri firing one of the game's most dominant fastballs, the late innings should no longer be so vexing for Mike Scioscia and company.