Stats & Info: Ernesto Frieri

Rangers rally trumps Pujols power

August, 2, 2012
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AP Photo/John F. RhodesThe Rangers celebrated a come-from-behind victory after Elvin Adrus’ third career walk-off it.
The Los Angeles Angels missed a huge opportunity to pull within two games of the Texas Rangers in the AL West.

Leading 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth, the game seemed in the bag with Ernesto Frieri on the mound. He hadn’t blown a save all season with the Angels (or in his career for that matter).

But there’s a first for everything.

Frieri allowed Ian Kinsler’s third career game-tying home run in the 9th inning or later and the game went to extras.

Then came the continued resurgence of Albert Pujols, whose second homer of the game gave the Angels a three-run lead.

It may be surprising for a power hitter of his caliber, but it’s the first time in Pujols' career that he's hit multiple home runs in consecutive games.

Finally, there was the dagger. The Rangers battled back once again with an Elvis Andrus walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th, the third walk-off hit of his career.

It’s the first time the Rangers had a game-tying home run in the ninth inning and then a walk-off hit in the 10th since September 14, 2005 against the Orioles, when David Dellucci hit a game-tying homer in the 9th and Kevin Mench hit a walk-off single in the 10th.

It's the second time in franchise history that the Rangers came back from a three-run deficit in extra innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The only other time was May 18, 1975 against the Detroit Tigers.

PUJOLS vs FASTBALLS

Pujols has been crushing fastballs lately, as he hit a pair of homers against heaters on Wednesday.

His slugging percentage against fastballs since the All-Star break has more than doubled what it was before the break. And he has as many homers off fastballs in the last three weeks as he had in the entire first half of the season. Pujols leads the Majors in homers, slugging percentage and OPS against fastballs since the All-Star break.

WHAT HAPPENED TO FRIERI?

Since being acquired by the Angels, Frieri had a flawless 0.00 ERA before the All-Star break and converted all 11 save opportunities. He hadn't allowed a single run in 26 ⅓ innings. But since the break, he's allowed seven earned runs in six innings.

OPPONENTS CATCHING ON TO DARVISH?

The Rangers won despite a poor outing from Yu Darvish, who matched career highs with seven earned runs and six walks allowed.

Darvish is very effective the first time around but not so great the next time opponents face him.

In starts against teams he had already faced at least once, Darvish is 3-5 with a 6.45 ERA. In his first start against teams, he’s 8-2 with a 2.91 ERA.

Darvish headlines AL Final Vote candidates

July, 1, 2012
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Tim Heitman/US PresswireYu Darvish is one of the five American League Final Vote candidates.
Now that the All-Star teams have been announced, the next step is to vote for the Final Vote candidates.

In the American League, the vote comes down to Jonathan Broxton, Yu Darvish, Ernesto Frieri, Jason Hammel and Jake Peavy.

Which of these players most deserves to be in the All-Star Game?

First, let’s take a look at the three starting pitchers.

YU DARVISH

Darvish is 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 117 strikeouts. Max Scherzer is the only pitcher with more strikeouts not to be selected to the All-Star Game. Darvish has gone at least seven innings and recorded at least eight strikeouts in each of his last four starts. Only R.A. Dickey has a longer such streak this season.

Darvish has five starts with double-digit strikeouts, which is tied with Dickey for the most such games in baseball this season. He has the fourth-most strikeouts per nine innings behind Stephen Strasburg, Scherzer and Gio Gonzalez. Darvish has thrown the fourth-most pitches per start, trailing Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and James Shields.

JASON HAMMEL

Hammel is 8-3 with a 3.29 ERA and 89 strikeouts. On June 27, he allowed eight earned runs and 3 1/3 innings. Jered Weaver is the only pitcher selected to the All-Star Game to allow at least eight earned runs in no more than 3 1/3 innings this season.

JAKE PEAVY

Jake Peavy started off great at 6-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 72 strikeouts in his first 12 starts. He’s lost each of his last four starts, but three of those four were quality starts and he has a 2.70 ERA over that span.

Thirteen of Peavy’s 16 starts this season are quality starts. Nobody in the American League has more quality starts than Peavy, and only R.A. Dickey (14) has more in all of baseball. The other two American League pitchers with 13 quality starts – Verlander and C.J. Wilson – were both selected to the All-Star team.

Broxton and Frieri are the two relievers in the AL group.

JONATHAN BROXTON

Jonathan Broxton
Broxton
Broxton has converted 20 of his 23 save opportunities this season. He is the only one of the four AL relievers with at least 20 saves not selected to the All-Star team.

After having an ERA over 4.00 each of the last two seasons, Broxton is on pace for the lowest ERA of his career. He's doing this despite having a lower strikeout rate than any of his previous seven seasons.

ERNESTO FRIERI

Frieri has a 0.75 ERA and is opponents are hitting .132 against him this season. But since coming over to the AL from the San Diego Padres, Frieri has converted all 10 of his save opportunities and he hasn’t allowed a single run in 23 1/3 innings.

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