Bryan Harvey who in 6 seasons in Anaheim racked up 126 saves and a 2.49 era, in 1991 he had his best season in Anaheim with 46 saves and a stellar 1.60 era in his All Star campaign.
We absolutely can’t mention closers without mentioning Francisco Rodriguez affectionately known to Angels fans as K-Rod, who in 7 seasons with the Angels posted a 2.35 era, 208 saves, in 2008 Rodriguez posted the best saves total by any closer saving 62 games setting a Major League record.
Of course many closers have worn that Halo before, guys like Lee Smith, Joe Grahe, Brian Fuentes, and why not Ernesto Frieri. However I decided to compare Street’s numbers with arguably the best closer in Angels history, Troy Percival.
Now let’s not get things twisted I am by no means calling one greater than the other, I am simply comparing numbers and stating a case on how important Huston Street is and can be. Let’s start with Percival, in 10 seasons with the Angels Percival racked up 316 saves, 586.2 innings pitched with a 2.99 era. Numbers aside Percival was a guy who could come into a game a simply take over just by the way he came into the game, that intensity the squint into the catcher, that high leg kick and of course that 95 + mph fastball.
Huston Street you can say is the complete opposite of Pervcival as far as pitching styles are concerned. Street very composed and methodical on the mound with his fast ball reaching 88 tops, not trying to overpower anyone, spotting his pitches and working down in the zone. Street’s numbers are very impressive, in a 10 year career, Street has posted 287 saves in 607 innings pitched and a very impressive 2.82 era. Numbers that do not only match up with those of Troy Percival but any top tier closer.
So after shooting you off a few nostalgic numbers you may be asking…… How important is Huston Street? Let’s not forget the Angels led Major League baseball in 9th inning runs allowed in the first half of the 2014 season largely due to the inability of Ernesto Frieri to get anybody out. Although Joe Smith filled in very nicely after Frieri was traded, it was not until Huston Street joined the staff that the Angels bullpen was solidified, the Angels bullpen ERA dropped by a full run by the end of September.
All that said the Angels locked down Huston Street for 2 years $18 million with a team option for the third season, Whether or not we think Huston Street is important it was important enough for Street to sign the deal and it is important for us to remember that Huston Street much like Troy Percival gets the job done and we for the most part can breathe a little easier in the 9th inning of any game.