Jepsen relieved starter John Lackey last night with one out in the 6th inning and a runner on second. Lackey had just given up his 4th earned run and had started to get wild, so the call went out to the kid. He got Jack Hannahan to strike out swinging and Cliff Pendleton to fly out to center to close out the inning. His line consists of 2/3rds of an inning, no runs, no hits, 1 strikeout and stranded the runner on second, and he showed a lot more promise than the next reliever, fellow youngster Jason Bulger, who started the 7th inning, gave up 3 walks, a hit and 3 earned runs, WITHOUT recording a single out.
For the playoffs the Angels should have at least one open bullpen slot that can go to one of the new guys. So far if you compare Bulger's numbers to Jepsen's numbers, Jepsen is the clear winner even though he hasn't pitched in nearly as many games.
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Most importantly, the Halos have won 3 out of the 4 games that Jepsen's appeared in so far, they've only won ONE out of the 11 games that Bulger's appeared in.
I'll continue to keep an eye on Jepsen and Bulger, I'm curious to see if either one of them makes the playoff roster.