Mike Scioscia does this thing where he arbitrarily decides to throw away games. He does it 4-5 games every season, and although it's hard for a manager to really be responsible for a team's performance, it becomes clear in some games that the manager and team have mailed it in. From now on, look for the maileditin tag when games like this occur.
Now, as a general rule, if an offense doesn't score 5 runs, it's to blame for a loss. But tonight, frankly, Mike Scioscia was an idiot. Just a complete idiot. Let me rehash the disastrous 7th and 8th innings:
Jose Arredondo comes in to pitch for Too Many Pitches Weaver in the seventh. Having pitched yesterday, I thought this was a little weird. And it is. He threw 2 innings yesterday, 34 total pitches, only 18 strikes. Of course, he comes in today to face the order starting with Mark Ellis. He gives up a hit. Then comes Barton, a lefty. He walks him. Then, Chad Cliff Pennington, a switch hitter who hits righties at a .313 clip and lefties at a miserable .148. One. Forty. Eight. Pennginton gets a hit. Then Arredondo throws a wild pitch during Adam Kennedy's at bat to let in a run. Oh yeah, Kennedy's a lefty.
Like, are you serious? Does this team even know what scouting reports are? Arredondo was the wrong choice. Oliver was better. They both pitched yesterday. If you really don't want to throw Oliver out there, then at least try for Bulger. His BAA is .212 for lefties. Bulger unavailable? How aobut Matt Palmer? His platoon splits are pretty crappy, but he also didn't throw two innings yesterday. Who the hell is making these bullpen decisions? Mike Scioscia or Joe Torre?
It took me a grand total of 13 seconds to find this information. 13 seconds of Baseball Reference and Yahoo! Sports MLB is all it would've taken to prevent a loss tonight.
It's particularly aggravating when I get to go to 2 games a season and both of them get completely mailed in. My last game in Anaheim, Reggie Effing Willits started in right field. Mathis was the catcher. Gary Matthews Effing Junior was in left.
The Angels can't afford to keep throwing away games to bad teams. The Rangers are four games back, courtesy of an Angels team incapable of beating the only threat to their division title. They play the Rangers for a four game series to close out the season.
Wake the fuck up, Mike.
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