It would be unfair to compare the Angels’ bullpen to that of the Cleveland Indians, who could set a gold standard for relief this season with a group headed by left-handers Andrew Miller and Boone Logan and right-handers Cody Allen and Zach McAllister.
In terms of dominance, balance, depth, experience and proven track records, the Angels can’t measure up to an Indians bullpen that could be even better this season than the one that led the team to the World Series in 2016.
But Angels relievers don’t need to blow away opposing hitters to be effective. They need to keep games close in the middle innings and hold late leads, with or without style points.
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