It’s been three years since Luke Bard made his debut with the Angels. After 46 games, he still hasn’t really found his groove.
After a rough 2019 season, Bard’s 2020 was just as bad, if not worse. Granted, he pitched in only six games for the Angels, but he just didn’t have it last year. Bard didn’t begin the season on the Angels’ Opening Day roster, but he was called up from the Alternate Site after just a few days.
He made his season debut on July 29, throwing a scoreless inning. However, it took him 21 pitches to get through the inning and he allowed two hits. He’d be sent down a few days later, and wouldn’t make his next appearance until exactly one month later. Bard appeared in two games and then was optioned again.
Bard was called back up near the end of September. After his scoreless outing at the beginning of the season, Bard allowed four runs on four hits in four innings of work. He was able to finish the season on a high-note, as he threw 1 1⁄3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts in his last appearance.
Stats: 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 5 1⁄3 IP, 7 SO, 0 BB, 5.44 FIP, 1.31 WHIP, 70 ERA+
Game of the year
In his final game of the season, Bard threw 1 1⁄3 innings of scoreless ball. It was his longest outing of the season, and one of two outings in which he didn’t allow a run. He needed 20 pitches to record four outs.
Bard has one year and 28 days of service time. He has one option remaining.