Joe Smith went 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA in 72 games his first year, then went 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA the next year.
In the final week of the season, he was employed as closer in lieu of the struggling Chris Perez as the Indians pushed for a postseason spot, and he ultimately recorded his first three career saves.
They did capture one of the two American League wild card spots in 2013, allowing Smith to make his first postseason appearance, pitching two-thirds of an inning in Cleveland’s 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Game.
It was his last appearance in an Indians uniform for a while, as he signed a three-year free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on November 23rd, earning $15.75 million.
Joe pitched 76 times for the Dodgers in 2014, putting up career-best numbers: in 74 2/3 innings, he allowed only 45 hits and 15 walks while striking out 68 batters, and he converted 15 saves with an ERA of 1.81.
His return to the postseason in the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals saw him retire all six batters he faced over two appearances, but it was in vain as the Angels were swept in three games.
He wasn’t quite as good in 2015, going 5-5 with five saves and a 3.58 ERA in 70 games.
Who Does Joe Smith Pitch For?
Joe Smith Pitches for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball.