Around the Halo - Angels' Jepsen to the rescue
After struggling over much of the last two seasons, Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen has finally found his 2009 form. In 28 games the hard-throwing righty has been dominating out of the bullpen. Allowing a micro-scopic WHIP of 0.94 and a very strong 20 strike outs to 6 base on balls.
When I asked manager Mike Scioscia about Jepsen's turn around the skipper felt that after losing too much weight over the last two seasons that Jepsen did not have enough strength in his lower body to produce the dazzling fastball the Halos had seen in the past.
With a sound knee and his body back into pitching shape Jepsen has become the bullpen's back bone while many of the teams relievers have struggled. After being banished to the minor leagues for what many thought was going to be for good; Jepsen has bounced back when the Angels have needed him most.
RAYS at ANGELS
Thursday - David Price* (15-4, 2.50) vs. Dan Haren (8-9, 4.68)
Friday - James Shields (10-7, 4.02) vs. Jered Weaver (15-2, 2.22)
Saturday - Alex Cobb (7-8, 4.08) vs. C.J. Wilson* (9-9, 3.32)
Sunday - Matt Moore* (9-7, 3.60) vs. Zack Greinke (10-4, 3.81)