Jose Quijada is the favorite to be the Angels’ next closer

ANAHEIM ― Jose Quijada is in line to succeed Raisel Iglesias as the Angels’ closer.

Pitching for the second consecutive day, Quijada closed the books on the Minnesota Twins with a 1-2-3 ninth inning Sunday. It was his third save of the season.

Angels interim manager Phil Nevin noted that matchups could still potentially affect his thought process on days right-hander Ryan Tepera is available. Tepera wasn’t available Sunday, Nevin said, but he would have chosen Quintana to gsvr Jose Miranda, Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler regardless.

“I love the way he’s thrown the ball,” Nevin said of Quijada. “He’s pitched two days in a row so we’ll have to kind of test the waters, see how he is (Monday), but I think you’re going to see him get a lot of those looks for sure.”

Quijada has a 2.96 earned-run average in 25 appearances out of the bullpen this season. Only swingman Jaime Barría (2.44) has a lower ERA among the Angels’ relievers.

Only 4 of the 20 runners he’s inherited this season have scored, the lowest rate (20 percent) on the team.

Prior to this season, the 26-year-old only had one major league save, in 2019 with the Marlins. The Angels acquired Quijada from Miami in a Feb. 2020 waiver claim.

The Angels traded Iglesias to the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 2 for Tucker Davidson and Jesse Chavez.


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