You know... I'm glad the game went the way it did in the 8th because maybe now Scioscia will stop putting so much undeserved trust into Kevin Jepsen. Jesus Christ the guy is garbage, he's always been bad and people think just because he put up a tolerable year in '10 that he's going to somehow find the potential that he doesn't have. Maybe Dipoto will be able to sell him to another team as good as the Angels have been selling Jepsen all Spring Training, I knew he was going to be this bad coming into the season and I'm not in the least bit surprised to see him blowing game after game.
It isn't all Jepsen's fault however, even though it should be. Absolutly horrible mismanagement of the bullpen lead to this loss, Scioscia had ZERO reason to take out Scott Downs after striking out one batter to end the 7th, replacing him with Jepsen was just icing on the cake. The fact that he completely flip flops and leaves Carpenter in for two innings was just the most frustrating thing to deal with. I really like Carpenter, he's got the stuff to be one of the only arms to hold down this bullpen, he should have been the one to pitch the 8th since Scioscia was so keen on prematurely pulling the hook on Downs. Scioscia is always one move behind and that was completely evident with the way the bullpen was handled tonight. The only way to stop Scioscia from pulling more boneheaded moves in the future is to simply get Jepsen off the trade. Trade him, release him, sent him down I don't care, the Angels have to do whatever it takes to get this bum off of our team and replace him with a real reliever.
It kills me that this 19 year old undergrad has a better idea of how to manage this bullpen than a professional manager.
Athletics 5 Angels 3
- Whoopdie freakin doo, Vernon Wells hits another meaningless home run. Is it just me or have all of his home runs been meaningless solo shots that have no impact on the game whatsoever. It's like he's only capable of turning the heat up when the Angels have already played themselves out of the game or have a comfortable 5+ run lead. Don't get me wrong it's great to see Vernon Wells coming back around, but it's just so frustrating to see him continually struggle and when the pressure is finally off his back he starts to perform. I'm still not convinced Vernon Wells is good again and won't be convinced until he starts performing in high pressure situations.
- What is it with the Angels and their horrible baserunning decisions? Trying to advance Pujols from first to third on a single was almost as bad of an idea as letting Jepsen pitch the 8th, the Angels have to realize that Pujols isn't an aggressive baserunner and just to let it be. Stop trying to play him like a guy who can run on the opposing defense, he's a hitter not a runner. Other then his terrible baserunning he's starting to get his game back together, which is more then needed with the way this team has been playing
- Stop pitching Jepsen in close games. In fact why don't you just stop pitching Jepsen completely? He's a cancer to this team regardless of how good his attitude might be simply due to his incredibly innate ability to suck all the life out of this team at the mere mention of his name. I know Dipoto isn't one for panic moves, but this better be the last game we all see Kevin Jepsen blow as an Angel. He needs to shown the door in order to continue progressing this bullpen to a tolerable level.
- I should probably mention Dan Haren and the fact that he's gotten himself back on track after his start to the season. A nice 6.2 IP with only 1 run allowed, which was a homerun off the bat of Daric Barton. Haren is the hard luck loser of tonight's game however as Jepsen managed to steal yet another win away from the team. Haren can't be happy with the way Scioscia screwed him out of a win tonight, but he's just going to have to get over it and look towards his next start. Seriously though, if Jepsen isn't off this team and replaced with a competent reliever by the end of the week I'm going to have some strongly worded letters to write, very strongly worded letters indeed.
*Other notable offensive performances: T. Hunter 2-4 1RBI 1K, A. Callaspo 2-4, K. Morales 2-4 1R, V.Wells 2-4 2H 2RBI
Absolutely no question at all that Scioscia deserves to be the Halo A-Hole of this game. In fact he deserves to be the perpetual Halo A-hole for this entire season so far, complete mismanagement of this roster is killing this team. His lineups are often ridiculous and illogical, but I can handle that because this offense is good enough that it can carry itself no matter what the order is. His management of the bullpen however, is completely horrendous. For some reason he has far too much trust in the worst relievers and has no idea how long a reliever should be left in a game and who would work best in what spot. No way Scott Downs should have been taken out after 1 out, and absolutely no way in hell Jepsen should have been allowed to pitch the 8th. Scioscia is the worst I have seen at managing a bullpen, if he could competently manage the pen he would be able to hide the glaring issues with our weak relievers by not putting them in certain situations, such as what he did tonight.
Say what you will about this statement I'm about to make, but the way Scioscia has been managing this team with total incompetence he deserves to have Dipoto breathing down his neck. The issues with this team, and especially this bullpen, all trace back to Scioscia. I'm crossing my fingers that Scioscia will be able to figure it out soon enough, but with the way Dipoto has been making drastic changes to this ballclub I wouldn't be surprised to see him moving onto Scioscia next. I'm not saying he needs to threaten Scioscia's job, but he needs to make it known that he will not tolerate incompetent managing. It's about time Dipoto draped a leash over Scioscia's neck until he figures out how to properly manage his team.
And, oh yeah again, that guy on the Sunday night ESPN game was correct; it will cost and arm and a leg plus someone's firstborn to trade for anyone decent. We better damn well hope some of these guys in the 'pen can turn it around. OK, I really have no hope for Taka, but the rest of them need to pull it together.
Boy, am I glad I have Uverse so I didnt have to waste my time anchored to my TV last night. No, I wasted my time anchored to my iPad so I could listen to the carnage. Which reminds me, no parade of hospice workers today so I can call the lovely AT&effingT at 8am to give them a ration of...stuff about not carrying Angels games.
So, time for a tutorial on Scioscia's bullpen theories for those who have not been following the team very closely for the last dozen years or so. I realize that time period is a small sample size but here it is. He draws a line in his mind about who he will use on any given evening. Granted, Hawkins and Isringhausen shorten the 'pen due to age and, also granted, there's a darn good chance he didn't want to overuse the lucky-he's-not-in-a-cast Scott Downs; there's a darn good chance he stiffened up or had the chance of stiffening so I, for one, am glad they didn't risk further injury by trotting him out there again the next inning. Anyway, Scioscia has ALWAYS left that last guy out there to take the pounding. If the team is able to pop the clutch on the offense he will then bring in the designated closer of the era. It has always BEEN thus, it will always BE thus.
And, oh yeah. <sarcasm>There's NO WAY we need Wells' contributions.</sarcasm>
Its sad but I kinda agree with you as it relates to Scioscia mismanaging this lineup. Why someone like Trumbo isn't starting every game confuses me and makes me question Scioscia .
@Rick K. good thing we have an arm and a leg in Jean Segura waiting to be traded now that Aybar is close to being extended.
@Rick K. I noticed that people were freaking out over Uverse and dish not showing the game, it hasn't affected me at all since I have Directv, the number 1 leading cable company when it comes to customer satisfaction, who in no way is paying me for free advertisement.
Scioscia already has the relievers locked into what role they will be used in. It's a shame that Scioscia is not more open minded and fluid with his relievers because that kinda of thinking could turn this bullpen around into something that isn't on pace to lose 49 games this season. I know that's just an early season panic stat to freak everyone out, but Jesus those guys need to get their shit together. I can't tolerate another season of the 'pen keeping us out of the playoffs when we've completely improved our team in the ways that we did this offseason.
Wells has the distinction of producing when it least matters. I know it might sound short-sighted to call it useless production, but when it has zero influence on the outcome of the game it pretty much is useless. The fact that he's producing is a great sign though, but I need to see that production come through in pressure spots that would actually help the team win.
And, oh yeah, I wonder if they know where Chopper is right now. They'll need those gold-plated goat horns back so they can hang them on the next poor bastard going through a rough patch. If his velocity was down then what's the excuse for the rest of the bullpen, excluding Downs and Walden.
@rmfalla Not sure Segura = arm and a leg AND firstborn
@rmfalla Oh, I'll be getting Direct when I get situated in the Mid-west where satellite is about the only game in, or outside of, town. Their big shortcoming is lack of Internet service. Don't know if they still art but they tried to provide Internet service in the 90's but the service via sat was painfully slow.
Yup, it's been since the 90's that i had to go into a game HOPING for a win and I forgot how stressful that feeling is. Sucks out loud.
Still, Wells provides more "on both sides of the ball" than Abreu. I vote to DFA Abreu and use Wells in relief if his recent play is a false positive. The question then becomes who to play out there full time and will Trout be shown any mercy when he flounders (get the fish reference?) as he inevitably will. It's a learning process and, right now, he is doing well at the 3A level but the big team is a whole different story as we saw last season when Trouty looked remarkably similar to Wells with a bat in his hands.
@Rick K. Chopper's been going through a rough patch his entire ML career with the Angels. He has no mental fortitude, or to put it a simpler way, no balls. He can't pitch in pressure spots and when he does he acts like every pitch is going to get blasted in his face, and surprise, most of his pitches are blasted in his face. That's what happens when you pitch with no balls, you get knocked around.
@rmfalla Key word = eventually
@Rick K. Yeah that's true he did flounder in his first call up, but if you'd recall he tore it up during his second call up. He looked like a completely different player, adjusted both physically and mentally to perform at an ML level. I have no trouble believing that it will carry over into his return to the majors when he gets called back up eventually, and for good I hope.