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Cam Bedrosian went from Bedrock to Subsoil

What happened to the closer of the future in the second half?

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Bedrock fans may not love this article and that includes Mr. Cam Bedrosian. However, he’s already blocked Halos Heaven (or Josh) on Twitter (probably for stirring up that 5 Guys v. In N Out controversy) so it’s unlikely he’s going to read this article.

Truth be told, I wish all the Angels players well but I’m not going to hold back from calling them out and Subsoil needs to be called out for his epic suckiness in the second half of 2017. What the heck happened to him?

So, Subsoil had a pretty fricking stellar year in 2016 after failed call ups in 2014 and 2015. He had finally grown into his name - or so it seemed. Sadly, a blood clot ended his 2016 too soon - a year in which he put up a 1.12 ERA (2.12 FIP), 1.091 WHIP, and struck out 51 to 14 walks over 40.1 innings. The man had arrived.

Enter 2017 when Cam entered the scene as the closer-heir with Huston Street inevitably unable to pitch (again) and he looked just like the 2016 version by going through April with zero earned runs allowed over 6 appearances.

Subsoil earned his first blow save in his last game of April, despite not giving up an earned run (ERA sucks man!). Future closer Bud Norris had left the game with two runners on base and Subsoil threw a wild pitch followed by a double, giving the Blue Jays the lead and inevitably helping send that game into the 13th innings before the Angels eventually lost.

Subsoil ended up on the DL again for a groin issues and missed all of May and half of June. His first 3 games back were great and he earned 2 saves. But since June 24th, Subsoil has a 5.78 ERA in 21.8 innings. He has 3 losses and a blown save as well.

During the second half, Subsoil has the worst bullpen ERA next to Bud Norris. His BAA is the 3rd worst on the team at .243 (behind Norris and Middleton). He also has a 3rd worst WHIP of 1.44. Subsoil’s FIP is only 2.84 so perhaps he also just getting a bit unlucky?

Subsoil is just 6 for 9 in save opportunities. He is also pretty terrible and keeping inherited runners from scoring. In fact, he’s the second worst on the team next to Brooks Pounders who is currently in Salt Lake. Subsoil has allowed 5 of his 11 inherited runners to score. This is a guy that often does not have shut down innings and has given up at least one hit or walk in 21 of his 35 appearances.

First pitch strikes also seem to key for Bedrosian as hitters have a .375 AVG against him this year when they are ahead in the count. Don’t get behind dude - or bad things will happen, and when opponents hit off Bedrosian, it’s rarely weak contact. Just 6.1% of batted balls were soft contact off Subsoil. Compare that to Blake Parker with a 21.4% soft contract rate. This means that 93.9% of batted balls that Subsoil gives up are medium or hard hit. That 6.1% is also second worst in MLB (for 200+ pitches) behind George Kontos (5.3%)

There is good news, and perhaps a sign that Bedrock is returning. In August, he has a .178 BAA and 2.25 ERA despite his 3 run recent outing. His clutch stats also indicate he’s good where it counts - just a .209 BAA in 2017 in high leverage situations (of course that includes his great April). Hopefully, June and July were a fluke and in September we will see if he is more Subsoil or Bedrock.