Los Angeles Angels: David Carpenter

Carpenter optioned, Geltz called up

August, 11, 2012
8/11/12
5:10
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels optioned right-handed reliever David Carpenter to Triple-A Salt Lake and called up right-hander Steven Geltz from Salt Lake after Friday night’s 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners.

This is Geltz’s first call-up after posting a 2.09 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 4.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 51 2/3 innings for Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake this season.

“He’s a right-hander that has really pitched his way onto our depth chart,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s a guy who got an opportunity and he showed in the minor leagues that he has the makeup and the stuff to get an opportunity up here to fill some of the holes in our pen right now and hopefully he can pitch like he was down there.”

During the Angels recently completed 10-game trip, Scioscia saw his bullpen post a 10.54 ERA with five losses and five blown saves. During that time they also gave up 32 runs in 27 1/3 innings and 41 hits, including 11 home runs.

Carpenter was just one of many problems in the pen. He has been inconsistent all season as a long reliever, posting a 4.76 ERA in 28 appearances.

“Carpenter needs to work on a couple of things,” Scioscia said. “He needs to go down and try to refine a couple of things and get more consistent. I think the major changes in our pen are going to come when Jordan Walden and Scott Downs are back and healthy. Right now it’s an opportunity to fill some of these voids and hopefully Steven can be a part of that.”

Walden, who was the opening day closer, has been on the disabled list since July 15 with a strained right biceps. He was scheduled to begin a two-game rehab assignment in Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday and Monday and could return to the team next week.

Downs, who has been out since July 28 with a left shoulder strain, is progressing with his long-toss program and could return next week as well.

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3 up, 3 down: D-backs 5, Angels 0

June, 15, 2012
6/15/12
10:19
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ANAHEIM -- So much for that happy homecoming against his former team. Angels starter Dan Haren had his second straight shaky outing, giving up five runs and eight hits in a 5-0 loss to his former team.

After giving up four home runs to the Colorado Rockies in his last start, Haren yielded a three-run homer to Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill and doubles to Chris Young, Jason Kubel, Lyle Overbay and Ryan Roberts over 6 1/3 unspectacular innings.

The Angels hitters weren't much better, managing just three hits and no runs off Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill who struck out eight in seven innings.

The Good

Angels Interleague record: The Angels still have the best record in baseball in interleague games since 2007, dropping to 68-32. It's saying quite about about how cold the team's bats were that this is the nicest thing to say about the team Friday night.

Bottom of the order: The Angels managed just three hits and two walks off Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill. All three of them came from the much maligned bottom of the order. Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar stroked doubles while Howie Kendrick hit a sharp single up the middle in the seventh inning.

Bullpen: David Carpenter and David Pauley held the Diamondbacks scoreless in the final three frames, continuing the bullpen's strong performance of late. The best news of the day for the pitching staff came before the game when Jered Weaver felt "great" after a four-inning simulated game and seems close to rejoining the rotation.

The Bad

Haren aint scarin' anyone: For the second straight outing Haren was less than sharp. After giving up four home runs in a win over the Colorado Rockies on June 9, Haren gave up five runs and eight hits including a home run and four doubles. It's a little early to draw conclusions however. Haren had a 1.29 ERA and 23 strikeouts over his previous three starts.

Batters 1-5: The Angels first five batters went a combined 0-for-19 with eight strikeouts on Friday. Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 and saw his modest eight-game hitting streak snapped.

Trout and Trumbo: It's becoming pretty evident the Angels aren't just hoping for production out of Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo anymore. They're counting on it. Trout went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Friday, Trumbo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and the Angels offense predictably went nowhere.

3 Up, 3 Down: Padres 3, Angels 2 (13)

May, 20, 2012
5/20/12
6:23
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The Angels looked for a while like they had reached a stalemate of offensive ineptitude, but finally someone managed to score.

The result was a 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres in 13 innings, another stark example of the Angels' poor hitting, which hasn't abated since the firing of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher. Howie Kendrick bobbled a ball in left field, allowing Clayton Richard to score the winning run.

The Good:

Fast swimmer. It's impossible to avoid fish imagery when writing about Mike Trout. Sorry, that's just the way it is, so get used to it. The Angels' best prospect -- along with Mark Trumbo -- are keeping this team afloat, at least to the extent it's staying afloat. Trout mashed a home run to left-center and was 3-for-4, on base five times.

The aforementioned. Trumbo looks like a different guy. Specifically, he looks like a young Manny Ramirez. He's hitting line drives all over the place and, when he's not absolutely killing a baseball, he's getting on base via the base on balls. Trumbo's newfound patience has made him a far more complete player. 0p0l-p0---kjt

Pitching depth. The Padres are such an inept offensive team, it's hard to judge pitching performances. But Ervin Santana continued to slowly pull his season out of the muck and the bullpen was as good as you can be. Youngster David Carpenter deserves special mention for escaping an almost inescapable jam (winning run on third, one out) and pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Bad:

K-Company. If the Angels are going to leave Howie Kendrick in the middle of the order, they're going to need him to produce at a far higher level with runners on base. Entering Sunday, Kendrick was batting .161 with runners in scoring position and .196 with runners on in general. With the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning, Kendrick struck out swinging.

Sixth street. Maicer Izturis went 0 for 6 and stranded six runners. Need we go on?

Not so hot. When Albert Pujols hit home runs in back-to-back games late last week, it looked like he was about to go on one of his hot streaks, the kind that could carry the team. It hasn't happened. Pujols fell into a familiar pattern Sunday and had a 2-for-12, zero-RBI weekend in San Diego.

Carpenter right at home

May, 13, 2012
5/13/12
4:49
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rookie reliever David Carpenter retired only one batter, but got credit for his first major league victory in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Rangers. And he got it with friends and family in the stands.

Carpenter grew up only 10 miles from Rangers Ballpark. Although he has been up since April 13, this series is the first time his parents have seen him play as an Angel.

The 24-year-old right-hander said he celebrated by spending Saturday evening at his home with family and friends. "It couldn't have worked out any better,'' he said.

Carpenter entered with two out and two on, then walked Mike Napoli to load the bases, but got Brandon Snyder on a fly ball to left.

“Snyder pulled it, but I saw [left fielder] Mike Trout jogging, so I knew either he had it or it was in the stands,’’ Carpenter said.

* The Angels bullpen has been strengthened by the acquisition of Ernesto Frieri from San Diego 10 days ago. He has not allowed a hit in 4.1 innings as an Angel, including 1.2 innings in Saturday’s win. Frieri struck out three, increasing his total with the Angels to nine.

* A pair of walks were instrumental on Saturday.

Torii Hunter drew a two-out walk in the fourth inning ahead of Mark Trumbo’s home run, staking the Angels to a 2-0 lead. Three innings later, it was Trumbo working a walk leading off with a 2-2 score. That walk led to the two decisive runs.

Mike Scioscia noted the walks in his post-game press conference.

“You can’t force walks,’’ Mike Scioscia said. “It’s been my experience they are a bi-product of swinging the bat better and seeing the ball better.’’

Said Trumbo after the game: “I’m just as happy about that leadoff walk as I was hitting the home run.’’

* Catcher John Hester received good reviews from Scioscia in his Angels debut Saturday. In addition handling C.J. Wilson and four relievers, Hester gave the Angels a bonus with a pair of base hits. Bobby Wilson will catch Jered Weaver in tonight's rubber game of the series.

A homecoming for reliever Carpenter

May, 11, 2012
5/11/12
5:25
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Angels reliever David Carpenter played his high school ball less than nine miles from Rangers Ballpark.

It took six years for Carpenter to make the jump from “average high school player’’ -- his words -- to the majors.

“I was a big Rangers fan, so playing on this field means a lot,’’ said the 24-year-old right-hander, who managed to distribute 12 passes for friends and family for tonight’s sellout.

After graduating from South Grand Prairie High in 2006, Carpenter refined his pitching skills at the University of New Mexico and Paris (Texas) Junior College.

“Once I got out of high school, I committed myself to working hard on the things I wasn’t doing right,’’ Carpenter said.

Biggest difference between the minors and his month in the big leagues?

“There’s guys to do everything for you now, things you do for yourself in the minors.’’

His contract was selected by the Angels on April 13 and in eight appearances, has an 0-1 record with a 5.40 ERA, but has not allowed a run in three appearances at Angel Stadium.

Notes: Kendrys Morales reported Achilles tightness and is not in the lineup, but manager Mike Scioscia said he is available to pinch hit. … Talking about tonight’s Angels starter, Scioscia said he expected former Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson to have a little extra adrenalin flowing. Wilson was booed by Rangers fans when lineups were announced before the game.

Holes spring up in the bullpen (Updated)

May, 7, 2012
5/07/12
10:41
AM PT
Did the Angels lose their two most-reliable relievers in the final three pitches of yesterday's game?

They said they'll know more after the pitchers are evaluated in Minnesota later today, but it appears they could be without closer Scott Downs and setup guy LaTroy Hawkins for several games, if not weeks.

Downs had to limp off the field after ducking J.P. Arencibia's line drive and injuring his left knee. Hawkins broke his right pinkie catching Omar Vizquel's line drive that turned into a game-ending double play. Hawkins announced he had broken the finger on his Twitter feed along with this photo.

UPDATE: The Angels announced Monday that Hawkins will be placed on the 15-day disabled list and replaced by David Pauley, who was recalled from Triple-A.

The Angels would really be in trouble if they hadn't traded a couple of prospects for San Diego Padres right-hander Ernesto Frieri three days earlier. Frieri looks like the prime candidate to take over the closer role temporarily with David Carpenter and Jordan Walden likely serving as the primary setup men.

3 up, 3 down: Rays 5, Angels 0

April, 24, 2012
4/24/12
8:18
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Albert Pujols is in one of the worst slumps of his career, and now he's got company.

The Angels brought some cold bats to Tampa Bay and ran into one of the league's tougher pitchers, David Price, on Tuesday night. The result was a predictably lifeless 5-0 loss at Tropicana Field.

The Good:

Finding room. Mark Trumbo has no idea where he's going to play on a given night. He has played five different positions in the last five games. But at least he knows he'll likely be playing. Manager Mike Scioscia, after a meeting with Torii Hunter, has found ways to get Trumbo onto the field. Tuesday he was playing right field for the second time in his career and Hunter was at designated hitter. Trumbo didn't do much with the bat -- 1-for-4, breaking up Price's no-hitter in the fifth -- but neither did anybody else.

David Carpenter. The sidearmer is giving the Angels an interesting look in their bullpen. He pitched a solid 1 2/3 innings and just might be locking up a bullpen job after a brilliant 2011 in the minors. Of course, take what happened Tuesday with a grain of salt. This bullpen has proven nothing when it comes to protecting leads. It seems to shine in mop-up time.

Stretches of Santana. Granted you have to be creative to get Ervin Santana in this section since he's 0-4 and is giving up home runs at an historic rate. But frankly, for a guy who has given up 10 home runs in four games, including four solo shots Tuesday, he has stretches where he looks as good as ever. If he could factor out first innings and home runs, he'd look like a Cy Young contender. Oh, wait, no he wouldn't because the Angels aren't scoring any runs for him.

The Bad:

Pujols' press. He hasn't gotten a hit since Thursday night, a four-game stretch of futility that is longer than any slump he endured last season, his worst year in the majors. He also has yet to homer this season, as you may have read, in 69 at-bats. The guy needs to snap out of this fairly quickly or there's no telling the depths he could pull this team to right now.

Santana's command. In the first inning, Santana left a fastball just above belt-high in the heart of the plate for Desmond Jennings. To absolutely no one's surprise, the ball carried about 15 rows into the left-field stands. Santana only has two pitches and, when he's locating the fastball this poorly, he's going to be in for trouble. You also have to wonder whether he's tipping his pitches. His stuff is too good to pitch this poorly, so maybe they know what's coming.

Power outage. It goes on. Santana has allowed nearly as many home runs, 10, in four games as the Angels have hit in 17 games, 11. Perhaps he could throw batting practice this week to get hitters on track? The Angels have to find a way to form a little offensive chemistry and the occasional home run wouldn't hurt that search.

Bullpen shakeup continues in New York

April, 14, 2012
4/14/12
9:06
AM PT
NEW YORK -- A day after bringing up young sidearm pitcher David Carpenter from Triple-A, the Angels made another move to try to find the right combinations for their beleaguered bullpen.

The Angels designated Rich Thompson for assignment and recalled left-hander Brad Mills from Triple-A Salt Lake before their game Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Two days ago, Thompson blew a save, giving up four runs in a loss at Minnesota. He pitched all of last season with the Angels, going 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 54 innings.

Thompson, who is out of options, could accept the demotion to Salt Lake. If not, the Angels have 10 days to trade or release him.

3 up, 3 down: Yankees 5, Angels 0

April, 13, 2012
4/13/12
12:48
PM PT


NEW YORK -- The Angels continued to get off to a sluggish start, but this time you can't blame the bullpen.

Starter Ervin Santana, who traditionally struggles against the Yankees, put the Angels in a 3-0 hole after the first inning and the Angels could do nothing against ex-Dodger Hiroki Kuroda in a 5-0 loss at Yankee Stadium. The Angels are 2-5, off to their worst start since 2010.

The Good:

Crafty. Erick Aybar virtually never walks, but he's been finding other ways to get on base as the leadoff hitter. He bunted to Alex Rodriguez for a hit in the third inning. It was his 50th bunt hit since 2010, most in the majors in that span.

Clean living. The pressure seems to be mounting on Mark Trumbo to prove he can play adequate defense at third base to keep his big bat in the lineup. He played his first error-less game of the season, fielding two straight grounders in the fourth inning. Hey, it's not much, but he's looking for anything to build a little confidence.

New look. The Angels are intrigued by their newest reliever, David Carpenter, largely because of his unorthodox sidearm style. He breezed through two levels of the minors last year, pitched well in Arizona and got the quick call-up despite just one week at Triple-A. If he keeps mowing down hitters like he did Friday -- Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Raul Ibanez -- he just might stick. Not bad for a major-league debut.

The Bad:

Wells not well. Is it worth mentioning at this point that Mike Trout is batting .389 through his first eight games at Triple-A Salt Lake? As the season goes on, if Vernon Wells keeps struggling, you'll read more and more about Trout's performance. Wells looked frustrated again, striking out twice, giving him a team-high seven on the season. Are the Angels making the mistake of blocking one of their best talents with one of their worst? Stay tuned.

Starting slow. For Santana, it was a carbon copy start from the one that began his season, which is to say not good. He allowed five runs on six hits and struck out five. His command was far from sharp. He walked three batters and left several pitches in the heart of the strike zone. For both Santana and Dan Haren, it's been a stark contrast from the way they looked this spring. Angels starters have a 5.02 ERA thus far, not what the team expected.

No production. The Angels have played seven games and their No. 3 and 4 hitters have combined for two RBIs. It's a wonder they're not 0-7. Albert Pujols singled to left field in the fourth inning, but hasn't been driving the ball lately and Kendrys Morales has one hit in the 18 at-bats since his four-hit game last Saturday. Offensive chemistry is a major deficiency at the moment.

Angels add a young arm for Yankees series

April, 13, 2012
4/13/12
6:56
AM PT
With Scott Downs still on crutches and unavailable for at least a couple of days with a bruised ankle, the Angels needed another reliever, so they promoted hard-throwing David Carpenter from Triple-A Salt Lake before Friday's game at New York.

Carpenter had a dazzling season between Single-A and Double-A last year, with a 0.57 ERA. The Angels optioned infielder Alexi Amarista to Salt Lake. If Downs isn't ready by Sunday, he likely would go on the 15-day disabled list to accommodate Jerome Williams, who is coming off the DL to make his season debut that night.

Lefty Brad Mills is with the team in New York, but will return to Triple-A if Downs doesn't go on the DL. General manager Jerry Dipoto said there's a good chance Downs will avoid the DL. Dipoto also acknowledged he's looking for bullpen help in trade talks with other teams, but is finding little traction.

"There's not a surplus of available, high-quality major-league relievers out there," Dipoto said.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Howie Kendrick
BA HR RBI R
.293 7 75 85
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
WJ. Weaver 18
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169