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Offense is fine, but the Angels need to bulldoze the bullpen

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Apr 12 2012 @ 6:00 pm In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

Go out and buy a new car. Make sure to get all the inside trimmings. Money is no problem as you customize your new ride so it looks like the best thing on wheels. One final thing: Make sure you put the bald tires from your beat up old jalopy on it. That is the state of the Angels roster.

The team scored 14 runs in two days against a rebuilding Minnesota Twins team, only to watch their bullpen cough it up both times.

How many days in a row can the Angels pitch Hisanori Takahashi? They have played 6 games, and pitched the lefty in 4 of them. I know, he hasn’t pitched that many innings. But it’s not just the number of pitches on the mound, it’s the ones in the pen that are a concern. Takahashi relieved Jered Weaver on Wednesday and gave up a game tying 2-run triple to Chris Parmelee. LaTroy Hawkins gave up the game winning hit, but the damage was already done.

Fast forward 24 hours, and here we go again. This time Takahashi pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up 2 hits and a walk. Luckily he didn’t give up a run.

Mike Scioscia has charity cases that he loves to hang on to.. I guess to prove to fans that he can make anyone a major league player. Jeff Mathis and Jason Bulger come to mind. Kevin Jepsen and Rich Thompson sucked last year, and they suck just as bad this year.

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I’ll give Jepsen credit as he did get Justin Morneau out with the bases loaded to end the 6th inning. But in the 7th, he looked like the guy we all know and don’t love. A leadoff home run to Josh Willingham, followed by a double and a single. Scott Downs gave up the tying hit, but Jepsen was the culprit—AGAIN!

Next up, Thompson. How in the world can this guy get paid to pitch in the bigs? Was there an Angel fan anywhere who didn’t think he would blow the game, after the Halos grabbed a 7-6 lead in the 8th?

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Single, home run, single, out, double, out single was how Thompson started the 8th–Twins now led 10-7. This is a guy who Scioscia wouldn’t even use in key situations from July on last year. He is as awful of pitcher as there is in baseball. For those of you Thompson lovers, he did strike out Jamey Carroll with 2-on to end the 7th, so he has that going for him.

(For those of you wondering.. Mathis is hitting .333 in 3 at-bats in Toronto, while Bulger is toiling in the Yankees organization, his second club after finally being dumped by the Angels).

If Jerry DiPoto has any power at all, he will jettison those two scrubs as soon as he can. I told you last year the Angels would shove Jepsen down our throat, but I didn’t think, after what he witnessed last year, they would do the same with Thompson.

Those 2 are freakin’ AWFUL!!!

Unfortunately, the bullpen foibles overshadowed some great individual hitting performances.

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Peter Bourjos should see his name in the lineup every day from here on out. In the final 2 games, Bourjos went 3-6, had 5 RBIs, 1 stolen base, and an inside the park home run. He was running so fast on the home run, I think he could have gotten around the bases a second time. The man is a stud. Please Scioscia, stop juggling the line up so you can get Abreu some AB’s.

Torii Hunter went 3-8, with an RBI. Mark Trumbo went 2-4, with a stolen base and a home run. Even Vernon Wells chipped in, going 3-9 with an RBI.

To think the Angels could have swept this series with little to no contribution from Howard Kendrick and Albert Pujols is incredible. In the final 2 games, those two went 2-17 with an RBI.

In the 3 games, the Angels outscored the Twins 19-17, but were outhit 34-27. The Twins cranked out 20 hits on Thursday. They had a combined 27 hits coming into the finale of the series.

So the last place Angels limp in to New York (literally) with a 2-4 record. To add insult to injury, the Halos may have lost Scott Downs for awhile. The only reliable reliever suffered an ankle injury after an ugly collision with Denard Span in the 7th inning of Thursday’s game.

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For those of you wondering when the Angels will promote Michael Kohn to join Jepsen and Thompson in the pen, take note. Kohn had Tommy John Surgery so he won’t be able pitch in Anaheim for at least a year. When he is ready, you can be damn sure the Halos will run him out.

Off to face the Yankees.

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