Apr 17, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen (40) is taken out of the game by manager Mike Scioscia (14) in the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium. The Athletics defeated the Angels 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Has Mike Scioscia Lost His Mind? And The Wednesday Links

If you are anything like me you watched in horror as Mike Scioscia trotted out yet another lineup card without the name Trumbo scribbled anywhere on it before last nights ball game. Trumbo who has been the team’s most productive hitter through their awkward beginning has received a disturbingly low sixteen at bats to date.  While Trumbo’s three errors so far at third base are the likely culprit for diminished playing time , it would be cool for Sosh to show a little faith in his emerging slugger.

You know the same kind of faith Scioscia has blindly thrust upon Kevin Jepsen. Despite previous failures including starting the bullpen debacle in Minnesota  -  Jepsen was  summoned in the 8th inning last night to protect a one run lead. Needless to say the lead was blown and again if you are anything like me you were left wondering why Scott Downs was not out for the 8th inning after throwing only four pitches to get the Angels out of a mini jam in the 7th?

The Bottom Line is that  Scioscia and his constant lineup juggling and mis management of the bull pen deserve the same amount of WTF faces as the players poor performances.

Onto the Wednesday Links:

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Tags: Erick Aybar Ervin Santana Jordan Walden Mark Trumbo Mike Scioscia

  • http://sodomojo.com/ MattyK

    So long as they keep Trout in the minors, consider this Mariners fan happy. 
    Though the season is young, and his at bats few, I think it’s worth noting that Trumbo has taken his Miguel Olivo-like hacking from last season and made it look respectable. (40% O-swing to 25% O-swing). If that trend continues, he should be starting 8 days a week!

  • Kalup

     @MattyK Agreed  Matty… Trumbo has been the lone Angels hitter to consistently control counts so far this season. Sadly all that improvement has been spread across a woefully low 19 PA’s. Scioscia is totally giving him the “Napoli treatment”

  • http://sodomojo.com/ MattyK

     @Kalup Whatever happened to that Napoli guy… Why does Scioscia still have a job, again?

  • Kalup

     @MattyK Honestly as much as it pains me to say more and more I’m starting to feel like Scioscia isn’t as good as we thought he was or maybe he’s losing his touch. Thats not a knee jerk reaction to the slow start this year either. Its the Napoli treatment which is now the Trumbo treatment. The constant lineup instability and what has now become a 2 year run of bull pen mismanagement. 
    Sosh needs to step his game up too.