Monday, September 14, 2009
Hunter's Blast Tips Angels Past Chicago: Angels 3, White Sox 2
Darren Oliver, Kevin Jepsen, and Brian Fuentes closed the game out without incident, though I did notice one odd tic about Mike Scioscia's bullpen utilization. Scioscia let Jepsen start the ninth, faced one batter (the right-handed Alex Rios) — and then after the White Sox pinch-hit lefty A.J. Pierzynski for Ramon Castro, Scioscia brought in Brian Fuentes. Jepsen's platoon splits against lefties — an otherworldly .355/.406/.430 — stand in stark contrast to his death-on-righties numbers of .209/.258/.244, so it was somewhat justifiable. What's scary is how pedestrian Fuentes has been against righties, .269/.364/.462 versus .234/.290/.281 against his fellow southpaws. Nursing this pitching staff through the ninth inning is almost certainly going to tax everyone's patience, especially considering Fuentes is allowing a .365 average against overall in September.