|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||11/20/1988|
|Height, Weight||6'1", 210 lbs|
|Drafted||2011 - Rd 23|
Allen allowed a run but recorded a four-out save with three strikeouts to post his fourth save of the year in a 6-5 victory against the Cubs on Saturday.
That was the first run Allen has allowed all year, and fortunately for him, he entered with a two-run lead. Allen stranded two inherited runners in the eighth and then left two more on in the ninth. Allen is 4-for-4 in save opportunities with a 1.42 ERA, 0.47 WHIP and seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
Allen struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his third save of the season in an 11-8 win over the Brewers.
The right-hander is now 3-for-3 in converting save opportunities with a 0.00 ERA and 4:1 K:BB in five innings. Allen is coming off an erratic 2018, but at least for the first couple of weeks of this season, he's providing the Angels with some stability at the back of their bullpen.
Allen worked a perfect ninth inning Monday to record his second save of the season in a 5-2 win over the Brewers.
The right-hander got a little bit lucky -- Jesus Aguilar and Yasmani Grandal both hit the ball hard but right at someone -- but Allen still has yet to give up a hit, much less a run, through four innings. Despite the early statistical success, however, his fastball remains subdued at 91-92 mph. While Allen can still generate whiffs with his knuckle-curve, his increasingly hittable heater is likely to cause him problems moving forward.
Allen tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his first save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Rangers.
The right-hander's velocity remained unimpressive, as he again sat 91-92 mph with his fastball, but Allen was able to get the job done. The 30-year-old may not be lighting up the radar gun the way he used to, but he'll be locked into ninth-inning duty for the Angels as long as he's reasonably effective.
Allen walked one and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation during Friday's 6-2 win over the A's.
While it's good to see the right-hander finishing games, Allen sat 91-92 mph with his fastball in the outing, a far cry from even last year's 93.5 mph average, much less the 95 he was hitting earlier in his career. It's not unusual for pitchers to need a few outings early in the season to get fully up to speed, but his velocity is worth keeping an eye on as he settles into his closing gig with the Angels.