“Terrible” and “absolutely awful” are two ways to describe the Angels’ pitching staff. And those were suggested by their manager yesterday.
I could have cited a few more stats about the Angels’ staff in my game story from yesterday’s 8-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles and where they rank among the 30 teams, namely:
• Opponents’ on-base percentage .344 (29th)
• Opponents’ slugging percentage: .427 (25th)
• Opponents’ OPS: .770 (28th)
• Blown saves: 5 (t-23rd)
• Save percentage: 44.4 (t-29th)
• HR allowed: 39 (t-25th)
• Wild pitches: 17 (27th)
• WHIP: 1.48 (29th)
• Strikeouts per nine innings: 6.80 (24th)
• Strikeout-to-walk ratio: 1.70 (28th)
The Angels are among the worst in the league in nearly every pitching category. It’s almost hard to be this bad. And this is *after* two stellar complete-game efforts by Jason Vargas last week.
That’s why even Mike Scioscia isn’t pulling punches. It’s hard to be optimistic.
Nowhere to go but up, right?
Onto the bullet points:
• From SI.com: “(Oakland) has gone 3-2 since its 19-inning win. Despite losing Crisp and Young to the DL, they’ve benefited from good outfield depth, with Smith, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick all still healthy. The Angels, however, have gone 2-4 since, though their problems go far beyond one extended game.”
• Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com is the latest to suggest that the Angels and Scioscia break up (and that Scioscia might hook up with the Dodgers later).
• Baseball is The Only Real Game for one city in Northeast India.
• A song that had me mesmerized much of the last 24 hours, Tame Impala’s cover of “Prototype” by OutKast: