ANAHEIM -- Reliever Kevin Jepsen (0-0), whom manager Mike Scioscia described as "our most important bullpen piece last year," has allowed just two runs in his 12 appearances this season. His 1.86 ERA is the team's best and he's pitching with control: He's walked just three batters and struck out 11.
What has impressed Scioscia about Jepsen's start this season is his success lefties. Last season, left-handers had no trouble hitting the right-hander, batting .325 off him. This season, facing a cutter Jepsen developed in a stint at Triple-A last May, left-handers are hitting .167.
"What really helped him was the Olympics experience and getting to the Major Leagues and understanding that if, hey, I make my pitches, my talent will play in the big leagues," Scioscia said.