Did you know the Angels have the 5th best bullpen ERA in the American League?
More than likely you just responded "no" and then took a beat and asked, "how the hell did that happen?" Don't feel bad, I did the same thing when I saw that stat. After thinking about it for a bit more though, the answer to that seemingly rhetorical question was clear, Scott Downs is how that happened.
Sure, Jordan Walden has emerged as a potentially elite closer this season, but the problem that has plagued the Halos practically since Opening Day is getting the ball to Walden. We've dealth with the ineptitude of Fernando Rodney, the meltdown of Kevin Jepsen, the disappointment of Hisanori Takahashi and the inability of Rich Thompson to step his game up.
By all rights, the Angel middle relief should still be a flaming greasefire game after game, but it isn't, all because Scott Downs has emerged as an elite setup man and the steadying veteran presence the bullpen has been seeking for years.